Who is Thacia and what is her personality in the book The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare?

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Thacia is Malthace, the twin sister of Joel. Daniel met the two when they were out on a forbidden trip to the mountains for a holiday. They wanted to see the site of a great Biblical battle. Daniel, who was hiding in the mountains with Rosh and his band, was intrigued to see two people his own age so far from the village. So, he reveals himself to them and a lasting friendship is formed. Malthace is a lively girl, much too forward for a Jewish girl of that time period. She is daring, taking her head scarf offwhen she is in the mountains and swearing the vow to assist Joel and Daniel is ridding the land of Romans. She even dresses as a boy and passes as her brother Joel so that he can get away to do a mission. She is more moderate in her beliefs than Daniel and Joel, preferring to wait for God's help instead of a violent uprising. She is a loving girl who helps Daniel's sister Leah return from her demon-plagued mental issues. She is also a believer, trusting in the words and philosophy of Jesus.

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