“Then the king raised the golden scepter. He touched Queen Esther’s neck with it. He embraced her. He said to her. ‘Speak to me.’ She said to him.
‘I saw you, my lord,
Like an angel of God.
My heart was shaken with fear at your glory.
You are wonderful, my lord.
Your countenance is full of grace.’
While she was speaking, she fainted and fell. Then the king was agitated. All his servants sought to comfort her.”
The Greek text continued to show a kind king. The king reached out with the golden scepter and placed on the neck of Queen Esther. He embraced her. She then said that he appeared like an angel and that she was afraid. However, she once again fainted. This made the king angry as everyone wanted to comfort her. Thus this ends the interlude of the 9 little episodes that are found only in the Greek text. The story returns to the Hebrew text which summarizes these events. In fact, they are probably an elaboration of the simple Hebrew text.