So many Jews, most of them looking out of place. Do they even understand what a census is, and how it will be used? Sometimes I'm not sure myself. By the looks of them, even if they understand why the "big, bad" Roman government wants a headcount, they resent it.
Just look at the faces of those who have come to be registered. Worry, doubt, maybe some fear. Some of the younger ones look at me, in my soldier's uniform with my ledger and sword, with defiance in their eyes. The old ones, resignation written all over them, like they've given up hope for any kind of deliverance. Will any of them find what they're looking for in Bethlehem?