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Her only direct speech describes her function in the story, "I am pregnant" (2 Sam 11:5; NRSV, here and throughout). The narration does not provide any details of her state of mind. Not even "I am pregnant with your child." We are not told if this turn of events in her life has thrown her into a panic. She is not given the pious extended speech patterns of Abigail, another of David's wives. Nor does she possess the acid tongue of Michal, who has chastised David a few chapters earlier for getting physical in the sight of Israel. By withholding from the reader Bathsheba's reactions to the sexual demands of the king or to her own act of adultery, the narrator has eliminated a direct route of sympathy between the reader and the female character.