א וַיָּבֹא הַמֶּלֶךְ וְהָמָן לִשְׁתּוֹת עִם–אֶסְתֵּר הַמַּלְכָּה
1. And the king and Haman came to drink with Queen Esther.
- According to Dena Pishra, the verse stresses that Achashverosh and Haman came to drink because they all drank for their own reasons. Whereas Haman drank to forget his sad day and daughter’s death, Achashverosh drank to forget his bad dream from earlier that day. Perhaps Esther was also drinking to celebrate the fulfillment of the prophecy.
- Rav Galico writes that this is a demonstration of chasdei H-Shem, H-Shem’s Kindness that Achashverosh drank. After all, drinking made him more pliable and agreeable to Esther’s request.
- As the Maharal points out, drinking alcohol creates a more intimate setting than eating a regular meal.