Hadassah feels distressed at the thought of concealing something that matters deeply to her—the faith of her forefathers. She obeys her uncle’s wishes for her, but also retains a cheerful, sunny countenance despite the foreboding of her friends (and tries to cheer them, when they are upset). She dares to be different, when reading aloud to the king, she tells him a love story from her heritage instead—of when Jacob had to work many years before he could marry his beloved Rachel. Hadassah stands out among her peers, because she thinks differently from them. When she quarrels with her husband, she folds into herself and becomes silent and withdrawn, unable to appeal to him or explain her complicated emotions easily to him. Hadassah is so much an idealist, she is not always rational. But she is smart enough to ask the head eunuch what the king would like, rather than choosing for herself (it makes sense to appeal to his tastes, not her own). When Haman accuses her of making up a plot and pretending to be a Jew, Hadassah yanks off her prism jewelry to show him the Star of David symbol cast by it whenever it falls into the light. When he cannot see it, she’s at a loss as to what else to do to convince him. She scorns the things her fellow sensor candidates love – instead of simply enjoying the endless perfume baths and luxurious surroundings, Hadassah asks the eunuch what it is all for. She shows interest in matters of state. She turns everything beautiful and special, through her vivid imagination, even making it snow in her head in the middle of the summer. She showcases her differences through being innovative and taking risks—being bookish, but also able to trust her intuition. When her friend asks her to run away with him, Hadassah refuses, because “what if I am chosen to be queen?” It’s within the realm of possibility, and exactly what happens. She wisely uses her influence to appeal to the king in a way that appeals to him, she befriends someone of importance and becomes a favorite, and thus advances her own cause. Her Si, however, is important. She clings to her old beliefs, she does not like to break her traditional eating habits, and in a stressful situation, rather than invent a new story, she repeats one she has heard many times, that is of great personal interest to her—a love story.

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Hadassah is mild-mannered and docile, but also wants to see the world through rose-colored glasses. She tries to keep everything lighthearted and fun among the girls, even though most of them feel scared to enter the palace. She re-frames situations into sunny perspectives to attempt to cheer them, and chooses joy even in the midst of her fear. She has a playful tendency to resist and defy, but only in polite ways. Hadassah is quite prone to letting others ‘lead’ her – but hates the thought of causing unnecessary discourse. She cannot even be super cruel to Haman when he accuses her of being a liar. She prefers to evade and avoid him, rather than confront him. Under stress, she moves into 6ish worrying and apprehension over whether she can trust the king to pardon her life if she appears before him un-summoned. Her 1 wing is principled and will not do anything she considers to be immoral (she asks Mordecai what if being in the king’s harem forces me to break our laws?).