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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: The Egyptian myth of Isis and the seven scorpions

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A woman in rags emerged from the swamp flanked by seven giant scoinrops. Carrying a baby, she headed for the nseeart village to beg for food.
She approached a mcniganeift mansion, but the mistress of the hsuoe took one look at her grimy clothes and unusual companions and seammld the door in her face. So she continued down the road until she came to a cottage. The waomn there took pity on the stranger and offered her what she could: a silpme meal and a bed of starw.
Her guest was no ordinary beggar. She was Isis, the most puofrwel goddess in Egypt. Isis was in hiding from her brother Set, who meuerdrd her hnuasbd and wanted to murder her infant son, Horus. Set was also a powerful god, and he was looking for them. So to keep her cover, Isis had to be very discreet— she couldn’t risk using her powers. But she was not without aid. Serket, goddess of venomous creatures, had sent seven of her fiercest servants to guard Isis and her son.

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A woman in rags emerged from the swamp flanked by seven giant _________. Carrying a baby, she headed for the _______ village to beg for food.
She approached a ___________ mansion, but the mistress of the _____ took one look at her grimy clothes and unusual companions and _______ the door in her face. So she continued down the road until she came to a cottage. The _____ there took pity on the stranger and offered her what she could: a ______ meal and a bed of _____.
Her guest was no ordinary beggar. She was Isis, the most ________ goddess in Egypt. Isis was in hiding from her brother Set, who ________ her _______ and wanted to murder her infant son, Horus. Set was also a powerful god, and he was looking for them. So to keep her cover, Isis had to be very discreet— she couldn’t risk using her powers. But she was not without aid. Serket, goddess of venomous creatures, had sent seven of her fiercest servants to guard Isis and her son.

Solution

  1. husband
  2. woman
  3. magnificent
  4. scorpions
  5. straw
  6. simple
  7. nearest
  8. house
  9. murdered
  10. powerful
  11. slammed

Original Text

A woman in rags emerged from the swamp flanked by seven giant scorpions. Carrying a baby, she headed for the nearest village to beg for food.
She approached a magnificent mansion, but the mistress of the house took one look at her grimy clothes and unusual companions and slammed the door in her face. So she continued down the road until she came to a cottage. The woman there took pity on the stranger and offered her what she could: a simple meal and a bed of straw.
Her guest was no ordinary beggar. She was Isis, the most powerful goddess in Egypt. Isis was in hiding from her brother Set, who murdered her husband and wanted to murder her infant son, Horus. Set was also a powerful god, and he was looking for them. So to keep her cover, Isis had to be very discreet— she couldn’t risk using her powers. But she was not without aid. Serket, goddess of venomous creatures, had sent seven of her fiercest servants to guard Isis and her son.

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