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Chartres, North side, right portal


• Second archivolt: lives of Sampson on the left


† Samson finds honey in lion's mouth;
† Samson carries off the gates of Gaza.

Third archivolt: life of Esther (prefiguring Mary)

† Esther kneels before the king (note parallels with Judith, opposite);
† Mordecai sends messenger with new degree permitting the Jews to defend themselves if attacked.

• Fourth archivolt: Tobias, son of Tobit, who restored vision to his father as Christ would to Israel.

† Tobit speaks with his wife;
† Tobit sends son with letter to Gabelus;

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