Fanny Alexander, the wife of an Anglican Bishop, was a renowned Irish poet and hymn writer.12 Like Aguilar, Alexander retold the story of the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah sentimentally. This poetic and imaginative retelling emphasized an exotic, patriarchal, and naïvely romantic setting for the story. The exotic nature of the setting accentuated the historical distance. Alexander highlighted some aspects of the narrative and elaborated on such details as how Rebekah looked and felt when Isaac took her into his mother's tent; here Alexander intimated that the wedding bed was to be feared by women. Like King, Alexander drew lessons of faith and trust for her readers from the story of Rebekah and Isaac. Alexander's version of the story, however, left out any problems and presented only a "tale so sweet and fair."
12 For a more detailed account of Alexander's life, see part 1, "Eve—The Mother of Us