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: In the last few days, I have shown you much of Israel. But you have not told me anything of your own country. Sheba
: At the moment, my own land seems as distant as the stars. Solomon
: In my youth, I used to dream of visiting all the faraway kingdoms of the earth. Sheba
: And now, instead, the rulers of those countries come to you.
: From the first, I knew that behind those lovely eyes is the brain of a very clever woman, who could never have traveled eight hundred leagues without a purpose. Sheba
: You have found me out. How could I hope to deceive you? I have been trying to entrap you, with these (shakes arms), to bind you with soft chains, so that I may do with you as I will. Solomon
: Every woman demands a price from a man.
: Nothing must come between us. Sheba
: Not even our gods? I knew this moment would come, for the things we believe in are not the same. Solomon
: I had hoped that in time you would come to accept Jehovah. Sheba
: As King of Israel, would you abandon the god of your people for mine? Solomon
: Still, I dared hope.
[Abishag enters Solomon's chambers, trying to dissuade him from attending Sheba's pagan ritual
: My door was closed. Must you intrude upon my privacy? Abishag
: Can you shut out your conscience by closing the door? Solomon
: Say what you must, then please leave me alone. Abishag
: I come seeking the man I once knew. The man who was noble, gentle and kind, the man who walked with God. Solomon
: Those are mere words, Abishag. Abishag
: I entreat you to listen. When I was a child, you were the world and I adored you. But time passed, and love changed even as I did. My love became that of a woman for a man. But the man became a king, and in his eyes, the woman was still a child. I know how strongly it calls to you. Listen to your people. Their love calls to you, as I call in my love. Listen to them if not to me. Solomon
: Whether you or my people approve, I must go.
[Solomon walks to the doors, while Abishag stands against the doors, barring his way
: You cannot go. Do not destroy yourself! I beg of you!
: [holding Abishag dead in arms
] Oh, no. Oh, no. Why? The sin was mine. Why did you not strike me?
: Nathan Nathan
: So, how's married life? Solomon
: Very pleasant. Very pleasant indeed. Solomon
: The pleasures of the body are not to be missed, Nathan. Nathan
: I have chosen to concentrate on God's love, my lord. Solomon
: Do you really think he meant you to deny yourself, Nathan? He made us this way did he not? Why would he not want us to taste the fruit? Nathan
: God put many things on earth we're not to taste, my lord. If it were not so, we would not have a free will... and he... would not be God... but simply the creator of blind animals.
: ...Who is Absalom, father? David
: A boy who was once like you. Young Solomon
: Is he your enemy? David
: [thinks before answering
] ... Perhaps I am his enemy, but he could never be mine.