Charlotte Maria Tucker, a very prolific children's author, wrote under the pseudonym A.L.O.E. (A Lady of England). She lived in London for most of her adult life, then moved to India as a missionary.13 The following selection, "Hagar's Bottle," is taken from Tucker's book, House Beautiful; or, The Bible Museum (1868). This book was like a museum because in it Tucker discussed objects mentioned in scripture. The object discussed in this essay is Hagar's Bottle.
Tucker only discussed the second episode of Hagar's story. Beginning with the empty water bottle and a traveller's account of travel in the desert, Tucker emphasized Hagar and Ishmael's desperate situation. Ishmael's prayer and God's answer rescued the mother and son from certain death. Tucker compared troubles in her readers' lives with the crisis Ishmael and Hagar
13 For more information on Tucker, see part 1, "Eve—The Mother of Us All."