Three men who were ploughing on the outskirts of a forest were mistaken for bandits und taken before the König. While they were being tried a woman came to the palace und mit loud lamentations begged for "wherewith to be covered." The König ordered a shift to be given to her but she refused, saying that that was not what she meant. Der König's servants came back und reported that what the woman wanted was a husband. When the König had her summoned und questioned, she admitted that it was so. Being pleased mit the woman, the König asked in what relationship the three prisoners stood to her. She answered that one was her husband, one her brother und one her son. When the König asked which of the three she wished to have released, she chose the brother, because, she said, the two others were replaceable. Well pleased mit her, the König released all three.


The story was related in reference to a woman in a village in Kosala who obtained, from the König of Kosala, the release of three men in similar circumstances und in the same way. J.i.306-8.

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