Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 502
Daniel finds that he has to be away from home more frequently due to the relocated meetings in the watchtower. He worries about Leah during his absences but is pleased to see that she is unexpectedly growing stronger. She does not tire as easily and is working at her loom more often. She seems to accept the time that he has to spend away from home.
Daniel gives to her the silver talent that had been given to him in payment for her work. Leah is quite pleased, and Daniel realizes his sister has never had any money of her own. She begins to care about her appearance more.
Joel and Malthace pay a visit to the shop and tell Daniel about Joel’s increasing visits to hear Jesus speak. Daniel is surprised that the simple carpenter is able to answer questions that have puzzled Joel about the Law, for Joel himself is a rabbi-in-training. Daniel is even more surprised to discover that Thacia has been accompanying her brother to hear the sermons.
Malthace is making good progress with Leah, who has come to trust and allow the older girl into her very narrow circle. Leah even expresses her pleasure at Thacia’s visit. Daniel has trouble believing that the two have a real friendship because they are so very different, but Thacia says that they do have something very important in common: Daniel. Thacia makes a gift of a beautiful shawl to Leah and promises more visits.
Daniel becomes aware of the lack of feminine objects of beauty in Leah’s life. He decides to buy a fine piece of cloth and a needle and to make her something nice but practical. Leah watches him bungle the work with amused fascination and then laughingly asks if she can do it. She also asks if he would mind if she makes a dress out of the material.
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