Haggard was an English writer, colonial administrator and novelist. He travelled extensively and most of the settings in his novels are borrowed from these travels. The native population of the British colonies are treated sympathetically in his works.
"O Amen, Father of the Spirit of this Queen, show now thy will, that we may learn it and obey."
For a while there was silence, till suddenly a sound was heard in the dark sanctuary where stood the statue of the god, a sound as of a stick tapping upon the granite floor. Then the curtains of that sanctuary were drawn, and standing between them there appeared the figure of an ancient, bearded man, with stony eyes, who was clad in a beggar's robe. It was he who had met Tua and Asti in the wilderness and eaten up their food. It was he who had saved them in the palace of the desert king. It was he who but last night had walked the camp of Abi.