EGYPT: By the Grace of God

King Farouk, so the story went more than a year ago, saw a lovely girl shopping with her beau in Cairo for an engagement ring. Egypt's fat monarch, who had divorced Queen Farida, decided then & there that Narriman Sadek, the 16-year-old daughter of a civil servant, must be his next wife. Narriman's beau, Zaki Hachem, 27, Harvard-trained and a U.N. official, was swept out of his sweetheart's life. "A bad dream," he muttered. "I did not think such things could happen in the 20th Century." Then he lapsed into silence. No one heard how Narriman felt. Last summer...