Pilate’s Wife

Fiction by Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)

Translated by Joan Burke

With a contribution by Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)

Veronica, Pontius Pilate’s wife, is beautiful, brilliant, and weary of her worldly life. One day she disguises herself as a servant in order to visit a fortune-teller, and when the seer, Mnevis, tells her of a Jew, a “love-god,” Veronica suddenly feels alive, experiencing “sudden pre-visions of inner splendor.” Jesus arouses the artist, the dreamer in her––this prophet who believes women have an important place in the spiritual hierarchy. What follows is a chain of events in which Veronica commits the one genuine act of her life, daringly offering Jesus a “way out” of his crucifixion.…
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