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[Judah confronts Esther and Malluch in the Valley of the Lepers
] Judah Ben-Hur
: [angrily, to Esther
] Why did you tell me they were dead? Esther
: It was what they wanted. Judah, I must not betray this faith. Will you do this for them? Judah Ben-Hur
: Not to see them? Esther
: [seeing Miriam and Tirzah approach
] They are coming... Judah! Judah, love them in the way they most need to be loved: not to look at them! Judah, let it be as though you had never come here. Please, Judah!
[Judah hides behind a boulder as Esther goes to meet Miriam
: Is Judah well? Is he happy?
[Judah's face twists in anguish
: Yes. He is well. Your mind can be at rest for him. He is well, Miriam. Miriam
: [taking the basket of food
] God be with you.
[Miriam and Tirzah go back into their cave
: [going back to Judah
] They are gone. We can go back. Judah Ben-Hur
] Go back... to what? Esther
: Judah, they have one blessing left: to think you remember them as they were. Live your own life. Forget what is here. Judah Ben-Hur
: Forget? It's as if they were alive in a grave! Esther
: But what can you do? Judah Ben-Hur
: Undo what you've done! How could you have suffered them to come here? I must see them! Esther
: No Judah, please! Judah!
[Judah starts toward the cave but is stopped by Malluch
: Oh, think, Judah, *think*! It will tear them apart if they see you!
: [speaking of Christ
] As though he were carrying that cross the pain of the world.
: So fearful. Tirzah
: And yet why is it... I'm not afraid anymore?
: The shadow of a storm.
[they go inside a nearby cave; the sky goes dark outside
: A strange darkness, but still day.
[a violent storm begins
: His life is over.
: He's here. It's tearing... I feel the pain! Miriam
: I feel it too.
[They seem to faint
[Miriam presses Esther's hand
: I thought that... Miriam! Do you see your hand?
[They look; Tirzah sits up, healed
: Tirzah! Miriam!
[They touch each other's faces, feel their hands, embrace as they realize they've been healed
: [hesitating as they leave the Valley of the Lepers
] I'm afraid. Esther
: [embracing her
] No cause. The world is more than we know.
[Christ passes, bearing the cross
: How can this be? Judah Ben-Hur
] I *know* this man!
[Jesus stumbles and is whipped by the centurions
] Won't someone help him?
[Jesus is whipped again
: Pity on him! Miriam
] In his pain... there's a look of peace. Judah Ben-Hur
: Watch over them, Esther.
[he goes after Jesus
: We must go back. Esther
] I brought you here to this... when I hoped... Miriam
: [looking after Christ
] You haven't failed, Esther.
: Just as I remember it. The courtyard where we used to play at changing the guard; the roof where we used to throw pebbles at the people in the street and then hide!
: Ah, we were rascals, weren't we? Miriam
: No, you were good boys! I would have that time again.