But as Joseph was administering the public affairs of the kingdom,
and for that reason was very frequently with Mariamne, both because his
business required it, and because of the respects he ought to pay to the
queen, he frequently let himself into discourses about Herod's kindness,
and great affection towards her; and when the women, especially Alexandra,
used to turn his discourses into feminine raillery, Joseph was so over-desirous
to demonstrate the kings inclinations, that he proceeded so far as to mention
the charge he had received, and thence drew his demonstration, that Herod
was not able to live without her; and that if he should come to any ill
end, he could not endure a separation from her, even after he was dead.
Thus spake Joseph. But the women, as was natural, did not take this to
be an instance of Herod's strong affection for them, but of his severe
usage of them, that they could not escape destruction, nor a tyrannical
death, even when he was dead himself. And this saying [of Joseph] was a
foundation for the women's severe suspicions about him afterwards.