Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.
Taken from her land, parents she never knew…Esther never had good fortune, but she always made the best of it. Perhaps her obedience and integrity are what people liked most about her once they could see past her outer beauty.