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The badchan approaches the girls and sings a kind of rhyme to entertain them. This impresses all of them. Upon learning Chaya's name, he tells her that her name means "life" before departing. He also calls her an "old girl in young girl disguise." The girls discuss what the badchan told them but Hannah watches the man closely. She decides that he reminds her of a court jester. The idea of a Jewish jester makes her laugh out loud, and without knowing why the other girls join in the laughter.