The Mummy's Foot

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"The Mummy's Foot"
Author Théophile Gautier
Original title "Le Pied de momie"
Translator Lafcadio Hearn
Country France
Language French
Genre(s) Gothic fiction
Published in Le Musée des familles
Publication type periodical
Publication date September 1840

The Mummy's Foot (French: Le Pied de momie) is a gothic short story by the French writer Théophile Gautier, first published in 1840. It relates the fantastical tale of a contemporary man and the adventures which befall him when he ventures into a Parisian curiosity shop and buys the four thousand year old foot of Princess Hermonthis.

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A man enters an antiques shop and buys a mummified foot which supposedly belonged to an Egyptian princess. He intends to use the foot as a paperweight. In the night, he sees a vision of the princess, and he agrees to return her foot in exchange for a small statuette. He is abruptly woken from this dream by the arrival of a friend. Now awake, he observes that the mummified foot that was on his desk has indeed been replaced by the statuette.


The story was adapted for television as part of the NBC Television anthology series Your Show Time, airing February 11, 1949.

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