Why does Daniel feel out of place in the vineyards? Why does he leave when the girls are still dancing? 

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Hello! In The Bronze Bow, Chapter 22 begins with excitement: it is the fifteenth day of Tishri, the Day of Atonement, and among other festivities, there will be young girls dancing in the vineyard. As Thacia will be one of the girls, Daniel tries to coax his sister, Leah, to go with him. She refuses, and he goes to the vineyard alone. He hopes to catch a glimpse of Thacia, whom he secretly loves. When he sees her dancing, he is enchanted with her grace and her beauty. Her dancing is unlike any other girl's. The girls are dancing in a line; as Thacia comes nearer and nearer to him, he feels self-conscious and walks away. He is afraid that all she will see of him is a rebel in his "homespun garment with his soot-grimed hands and his bare feet."  He worries that she will pretend not to recognize such a man and that maybe he is not worthy of her notice, after all. Worse still, he cannot stand the thought that she might even be ashamed to know such a man.

Thacia sees him and comes after him, demanding to know why he left. She yearns to know if he still thinks of her as just a pretty child. With wretched longing, he tells her that hers is the one face he will remember for as long as he lives. He tells her that he never meant for her to find out that he loves her. He feels that his attraction to her will only bring misery to them both as they differ in opinion on the best way to combat the Roman occupation.

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