Book of Ruth

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"For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God."

A short Interquel between Book of Judges and the Books of Samuel, detailing how Ruth, a Moabite widow, finds a new husband.


Tropes used in Book of Ruth include:
  • Chekhov's Gunman: It's only at the end of her story do we find out Ruth's significance; she's David's great-grandmother.
  • Determined Widow: See quote
  • Hope Spot: In Judges.
  • May-December Romance: Boaz was much older than Ruth, and says as much. This does not deter her.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: Ruth, which reads like a domestic drama, is set in the action-packed Crapsack World times of Judges.
  • Plucky Girl: Ruth yet again.
  • Ready for Lovemaking: After Boaz had fallen asleep on a grain heap, Ruth uncovered his feet, lay down, and waited for him to wake up with cold feet. This being ancient Israel though, consummation did have to wait until after the wedding.
    • Hebrew being a bit sexually euphemistic, the part about "feet" may, in fact, be referring to his genitals. While Boaz surely did hold off on the consummation, having his whole lower half exposed and then awakening to find a pretty lady at the foot of his bed would have made the none-too-subtle point she was making well nigh impossible to miss.
  • Undying Loyalty: To her mother-in-law, Naomi.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko[context?]