The Saturday Evening Post Volume 179, No. 3

The Saturday Evening Post Volume 179, No. 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...if I never painted any others. The first of these is the picture of the first gentleman described in all the literature of the world. Abraham, growing old, considered that the time had come when his son Isaac should have a wife. There were many beautiful young women in the land, any one of whom would have made an excellent wife for Abraham's son. But with that deep wisdom which never fails to bear the fruit of happiness and well-being, he said that Isaac must have a wife from among his own people. So he sent his most trusted servant with camels and presents to go into the land where people of his own race dwelt and there search out a wife, Abraham giving to this trusted servant definite instructions. After a time the servant and his train of camels came to the city of Nahor, and the servant made up his mind that the way he would decide among the damsels that came down to the well for water (for it was the custom of all the young women to come down to the well of the community and take water in a pitcher for the family) would be thus: the one who when he asked of her a drink of water would not only give him a drink, but also say, "I will also draw for thy camels," was the fit mate for his master's son. So, among others, down came Rebekah to the well; and he asked her for a drink of water from her pitcher. Whereupon she said, "Drink." And the Bible proceeds to say that, when she had done giving him drink, she said, "I will give thy camels drink also." She was the real woman, you see; one who thought it a fine thing to be helpful. Then follows the story of the strange courtship by proxy, as was the Oriental custom. Rebekah is described as very beautiful. The end of this part of the story is that, consenting...show more

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  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 32mm | 1,098g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236751507
  • 9781236751508