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INTRODUCTION. Vashti, the queen of Persia, was removed from her position when she refused to obey the king's command to parade her beauty before his drunken guests. As a result beautiful young women from all over the empire were brought to the palace in Shushan in order for King Ahasuerus to choose a new queen. Esther, a young Jewish woman, pleased the king more than any of the beauties brought before him, and he placed the royal crown upon her head. Sometime later Esther faced a great dilemma requiring immense courage on her part.