"Listen, we may yet spend Christmas in the shadow of the Sphinx."
The Great Sphinx of Giza - Credit: Barcex
The Sphinx is a mythological figure possessing the body of a lion and the head of a human. They were often built, in giant sculptured form, at the entrance to religious temples or royal tombs. Most associated with Egypt, they are also found in parts of South and South-East Asia, albeit in slightly altered form. Nancy O'Hagan is probably referring to the Great Sphinx of Giza
in Cairo which, at 73.5 metres long, would cast a very long shadow indeed. It is in fact the largest monolith statue in the world.