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: A drunken brawl is no place for a young lady of purity. Rebekah
: Then why's a good Jew like you goin'? Mordecai
: All the scribes have to go. There is war in the air!
: You were chosen for a time such as this...
: God, every day I pray for you to give me the paitence of Job, the wisdom of Soloman. And what do you give me? You give me the endless equivocations... of a beautiful, young woman!
: Why would they buy belladonna from you? Jewish apothecary merchant
: May they seek poison someone. Very deadly. Very quick. Mordecai
: You sold them poison? A Jew sells poison to the king's fruit tasters?
[grabbing the merchants face and shaking him
: Have you any idea for whom it might have been intended?
: Will you not join me in the palace? I could have you be named in any post you desire... Mordecai
: My Lord will take care of me... Do you take care... of your Lord ?
: [worried, about the search for a new Queen
] There's no need for alarm. Nor likelihood they will not come for you. And not all who taken will be chosen. Not that the Queen has already been selected through bribery or chicanery. Queen Esther
] How do I keep our laws? How do I pray? What excuse do I offer God for not keeping his commandments? Mordecai
: Oh, Hadassah. God see's the forward observance according to natures place. I think it would be better... if you forget that you were a Jew. If it is a sin, then, then, then let it be on my head. Promise me you will do that if you are taken. Promise me that! Queen Esther
: If I am taken, I will do as you say. Mordecai
: We should give a different name. Hadassah is too Jewish... Esther! Esther is a good Babylonian name. Yes. That is what we shall call you from now on. Esther of Susa. Promise me. Promise if you are taken. Queen Esther
: I said if I am taken. If, if, if...
[rising to the door
] Queen Esther
: But for now, you should look for me on the streets of Jerusalem. Dancing like David before the glory of the Lord. Mordecai
: Uh Hadassah? Queen Esther
: [singing, before she leaves