What A Strange Little Man (Chapter 8, page 1 of 11)

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Chapter 8

Mary was unusually talkative this morning, and I hoped it hadn't offended Onesiphorus, since women in some cities were not really permitted to speak without their husband's permission. Mary, though, had never felt like she needed my permission to speak, and I never gave any indication for it.

"I hope my wife did not offend you, my friend. We have a very good relationship, and we tend to forget the ways of others. We don't get many visitors, so I'm sure she was quite excited to see someone else in our home besides me," I offered as an excuse.

"Yes, well no offense was taken. And you are correct in your assumption of Ephesus. We do have some trouble with women who overstep their place, but they are usually the busybodies and don't know what they are talking about anyway. I enjoyed my conversation with Mary. I can't help but wonder, though, how is it that she is a believer and you are not?" He asked.

"To be honest with you, Onesiphorus, I just found out myself," I said chuckling.

"Really? Amazing! And you were not angry with her?" He asked.

"At first, I didn't know what to say. But with recent events still fresh on my mind, I couldn't be angry with her. I have always thought there was a higher power than the Emperor, but I never voiced my opinion for fear I would end up where we are headed now, only as a resident," I said humorously.

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