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									Esther
Author: Rosa Nouchette Carey
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From the book:
I was always sorry that my name was Esther; not that I found fault with the name itself, but it was too
grave, too full of meaning for such an insignificant person. Some one who was learned in such matters - I
think it was Allan - told me once that it meant a star, or good fortune. It may be so, but the real meaning
lay for me in the marginal note of my Bible: Esther, fair of form and good in countenance, that Hadassah,
who was brought to the palace of Shushan, the beautiful Jewish queen who loved and succored her
suffering people; truly a bright particular star among them. Girls, even the best of them, have their whims
and fancies, and I never looked at myself in the glass on high days and holidays, when a festive garb was
desirable, without a scornful protest, dumbly uttered, against so shining a name.
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I was always sorry that my name was Esther; not that I found fault with the name itself, but it was too
grave, too full of meaning for such an insignificant person. Some one who was learned in such matters - I
think it was Allan - told me once that it meant a star, or good fortune. It may be so, but the real meaning
lay for me in the marginal note of my Bible: Esther, fair of form and good in countenance, that Hadassah,
who was brought to the palace of Shushan, the beautiful Jewish queen who loved and succored her
suffering people; truly a bright particular star among them. Girls, even the best of them, have their whims
and fancies, and I never looked at myself in the glass on high days and holidays, when a festive garb was
desirable, without a scornful protest, dumbly uttered, against so shining a name.

								
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