During the feast, she asks them to attend a further feast the next evening.
Meanwhile, Haman is again offended by Mordecai's refusal to bow to him; egged on by his wife Zeresh and unidentified friends, he builds a gallows for Mordecai, with the intention to hang him there the very next day.
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When Mordecai finds out about the plans, he puts on sackcloth and ashes, a sign of mourning, publicly weeping and lamenting, and many other Jews in Shushan and other parts of Ahasuerus' empire do likewise, with widespread penitence and fasting.
Esther discovers what has transpired; there follows an exchange of messages between her and Mordecai, with Hatach, one of the palace servants, as the intermediary.
According to the Book of Esther, Haman was the royal vizier to King Ahasuerus (presumed to be Xerxes I or Artaxerxes I of Persia, "Khshayarsha" and "Artakhsher" in Old Persian respectively) and he planned to kill all the Jews in the empire.
His plans were foiled by Mordecai and Esther his cousin and adopted daughter, who had risen to become Queen of Persia.