A fascinating analysis of Esther’s tragic birth and childhood – providing surprising insight into what constitutes paternity and maternity. We are introduced to the assumption that Mordechai and Esther were actually married to one another, and why the Scripture only alludes to it, carefully avoiding any explicit mention. Interestingly, proof includes a cryptic cross reference to the prophetic parable of King David’s appropriation of Bathsheba. We conclude with details about Esther’s harrowing induction into the monarchy, and her remarkable ingenuity in secretively maintaining faith, observance and composure. The circle closes with how this stress may have colored her complexion.