Asking for someone else. Rashi on the parsha, Beresheet 16:3, brings a midrash from Beresheet Rabbah 45:3 which says:

"And Sarai, the wife of Abram, took Hagar the Egyptian, her maidservant (Genesis 16:3) - took her with words, saying "you are fortunate to be clinging to such a holy body like his!""

Previously she had been a maidservant with little chance of this status changing - why wouldn't she jump at the chance to become one of the mistresses of the household? Why would Sarah need to convince her to do it?

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    Trying to find it inside but I saw that the Anaf Yosef says that Sarah persuaded her because Hagar was concerned that Avram couldn't have children
    – Dov
    Commented Oct 16, 2021 at 19:20
  • I don't think Hagar would become a mistress of the household at all. Her status remained the same, which is why Sarah was able to retaliate against her.
    – N.T.
    Commented Oct 17, 2021 at 2:22


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