Malthace's visit with Leah causes Daniel to look at his sister "with new eyes". He suddenly realizes that while she spends her days weaving beautiful clothing for wealthy women, she herself is dressed in "a faded gray rag". Leah's complete lack of "feminine objects of beauty" make Daniel feel ashamed for his neglect of her, and, the next day, he goes to the market to buy her "a length of smooth cotton the clear fresh blue of the ketzah blossoms", some thread, and a needle (Chapter 13).
Having lived within the narrow confines of her house for most of her life after being traumatized by seeing her father crucified, Leah cannot comprehend why Daniel is so angry at the Romans all the time. She does not have an understanding of the political realities of the times, and does not connect Roman rule over the Jews with what happened to her and her family. Leah's only concept of what a Roman is stems from her immediate experience in seeing a young Roman soldier who comes to the shop where Daniel works. Daniel looks at the Romans as a collective entity, as the occupying army that oppresses his people, while Leah sees the Romans as individuals. Leah cannot understand Daniel's hatred for the Romans, who are represented in her mind by the homesick boy, "not half so big and strong" as her brother (Chapter 14).