Life in the Potiphar family
To his brother
The vicar preached a very good sermon on Joseph[...]Reflection on the story raised in my mind a problem I never happened to have thought of before; why was Joseph imprisoned and not killed by Potiphar? Surely it seems extraordinary mild treatment for attempted rape of a great lady by a slave? Or must one assume that Potiphar, tho' ignorant of the lady's intention to make him a cuckold, was aware in general that her stories about the servants were to be taken with a grain of salt--that his real view was 'I don't suppose for a moment that Joseph did anything of the sort, but I foresee there'll be no peace till I get him out of the house'? One is tempted to imagine the whole life of the Potiphar family, e.g. how often had he heard similar stories from her before?
You can find the story of Joseph and Potiphar in Genesis 39, which is online here.