By Ann Burton
They have been girls of conviction and braveness, whose tales motivate the devoted to today. Now, Signet launches ladies of the Bible, a compelling new sequence for enthusiasts of ancient fiction and romance. this can be the tale of Abigail... To settle her brother's playing debt, Abigail of Carmel convinces her boorish lord to marry her. Then exiled through him to the lifetime of a shepherdess, she grows to like David, the warrior son of Jesse, who will come face-to-face together with her husband in a mindless war-and smash her hopes of peace.
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He shook his head and looked away from me. New dread poured atop the cold knot in my chest. ‘‘Rivai, what will he do to you if you cannot pay? ’’ ‘‘Maon law gives Nabal leave to take the debt owed from my family from our go’el,’’ he muttered. ’’ We were not subject to Maon law unless we lived or worked in that town. However, Maon’s distractions kept many undesirables away from Carmel, and I suspected that our shofetim would not bar the town’s authorities from pursuing and prosecuting my brother, even from a suspected swindler.
Unprotected in the wilderness, they would starve or be killed by wild animals, marauders, or the elements. I would die before I allowed that to happen. ‘‘We could flee to Hebron,’’ my brother said, as if knowing my thoughts. ’’ Rivai knew so little of the law. I, on the other hand, had learned much about it from other merchants as well as from those who passed through the market- ABIGAIL’S STORY 43 place. Knowledge I wished that I did not have, not on this night. ‘‘Cities like Hebron are only for those who kill by accident, if they can persuade the gatekeepers that they are truly innocent,’’ I told him.
We had never had any gold. There was a little silver, saved from the very best years, but no one was permitted to touch it. My father had put the silver aside to serve as mohar for my brother’s future wife. Gold was wholly beyond us. ’’ A more horrifying thought occurred to me. ’’ Rivai gave me a highly offended look. ‘‘Nefat took me over to Maon to a gaming house. The man playing, Nabal, was drunk and making reck- 36 Ann Burton less plays. Nefat lent me enough to bet against him. ’’ He leaned over, lowering his voice to an excited whisper.
Abigail's Story by Ann Burton