The Wife of the Kenite is a short story written by Agatha Christie.
The story is set in South Africa on the Veldt. It might have been written in South Africa when Archibald and Agatha visited the country in 1922 as part of the tour before the British Empire Exhibition.
The theme of the story is revenge and divine intervention. The story is similar to the story of Jael in the Book of Judges in the Bible. The name of the short story is also a reference to Jael, as Jael is married to Heber the Kenite.
Plot summary[edit | edit source]
A man of German origin travels across the South African Veldt. At a lonely house he encounters a woman from his past.
Publication history[edit | edit source]
- It was published in Australia’s Home Magazine in September 1922.
- In 2019 the story was published in the short story collection The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural.