Having a private object of their own in view, the five wise virgins
of Miss Ladd's first class had waited an hour, in wakeful anticipation of the falling asleep of the stranger--and it had ended in this way!
But at the cry that the bridegroom is coming, the five wise virgins
are ready because they are adequately equipped for the task.
The parable of the five foolish and five wise virgins
waiting for the wedding party is a very odd story We're now reading the final chapters of Matthew's Gospel in which Jesus is preparing people for the end times.
Although Cameron follows the Biblical parable by giving The Five Wise Virgins
oil lamps, in other ways there is little to distinguish them from The Five Foolish Virgins beyond some small variations in the crispness of the bed sheets covering them (Figs.