Asenath rejected every proposal of marriage, and avoided
all intercourse with men. With seven maidens born the same
day as herself, she lived in retirement in a magnificent
palace adjoining that of her parents.
It happened in the first of the seven years of plenty that
Joseph planned to visit the place in which Potiphar resided,
and he sent word to him that he would put up with him, at
his house. Potiphar was enchanted with the honor in prospect
for him, and also with the opportunity it would afford him
of bringing about a marriage between Asenath and Joseph.
But when he disclosed his plan to his daughter, she rejected
it with indignation. "Why shouldst thou desire to see me
united with a vagabond, a slave," she cried out, "one that
does not even belong to our nation, but is the son of a