With fear and great joy (meta pobou kai cara megalh). A touch of life was this as the excited women ran quickly (tacu edramon) as they had been told "to bring his disciples word" (apaggeilai toi maqhtai autou). They had the greatest piece of news that it was possible to have. Mark calls it fear and ecstasy. Anything seemed possible now. Mark even says that at first they told no one anything for they were afraid ( Mark 16:9 ), the tragic close of the text of Mark in Aleph and B, our two oldest manuscripts. But these mingled emotions of ecstasy and dread need cause no surprise when all things are considered.