The LORD said to her (Rebekah):
Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.
(Genesis 25)

She wants many sons
to test if she would love one more
than the other: the one with freckles
on the skin, self conscious
as hair grows as fine down
on the chest into the hollow
below the rib cage.


Then she (Rachel)  said:
Here is Bilhah, my servant. Sleep with her
so that she can bear children for me and
I too can build a family through her.
(Genesis 30)

She wants her husband
to take a woman
(better if she’s a servant)
to test if she loves him enough to feel
pain of loss, especially after she’s
become indifferent to sex and
stopped shaving her legs and armpits.


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