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Abigail's Story by Ann Burton

By Ann Burton

They have been girls of conviction and braveness, whose tales motivate the devoted to today. Now, Signet launches girls of the Bible, a compelling new sequence for enthusiasts of old 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 via him to the lifetime of a shepherdess, she grows to like David, the warrior son of Jesse, who will come face-to-face along with her husband in a mindless war-and smash her hopes of peace.

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I followed Amri into his dwelling, which despite the rainwater damage to one wall, was larger and better built than my parents’ house. Intricately woven reed mats covered the floor, while bunches of drying flowers and herbs hung from a wooden rack above my head. Stacks of filled baskets occupied each corner, except where part of the damaged wall had crumbled. ’’ Amri gestured toward the wood 52 Ann Burton planks covering one large, irregular hole in the wall. ’’ If only I had such troubles, I thought sadly.

I saw no women or girls about, and only male slaves at the communal wells. Odors seemed to hang in the air, particularly around the waste pits. Outside that stench, there was the strong smell of dung left behind 56 Ann Burton by countless herds driven, judging by the innumerable hoof marks, straight through the very streets. ’’ I asked Amri. ’’ He pointed to the largest building in sight. My heart sank. Nabal must be very wealthy, to afford so much. His house offered a commanding view of the surrounding countryside, but a man who owned the largest herds in Judah would be expected to occupy such a lofty place.

Who did this to you? ’’ ‘‘That is it. ’’ He sipped from the cup. ’’ Absently he wiped his nose with the back of his hand. The sight of the blood seemed to surprise him. ’’ He tried to rise, but his face paled and he abruptly dropped down again. ’’ I saw fresh blood trickle from his nostrils and brought a damp cloth for him. ’’ He used the cloth gingerly. ‘‘Almost. Cowards. They ganged up on me, you know. ’’ He felt the middle part of his nose. ’’ We Carmelites generally avoided people from the nearby town of Maon, and they did the same with us.

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