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DISPOSITION.

of low character, crooked, one-eyed, maimed, ill-clad, and blackish[1], to go and search that man who shall do menial work.

22. 'Enter my service and cleanse the putrid heap of dirt, replete with fæces and urine; I will give thee a double salary' (are the words of the message).

23. On hearing this call the poor man comes and cleanses the said spot; he takes up his abode there in a hovel[2] near the mansion.

24. The rich man continually observes him through the windows (and thinks): There is my son engaged in a low occupation[3], cleansing the heap of dirt.

25. Then he descends, takes a basket, puts on dirty garments, and goes near the man. He chides him, saying: Thou dost not perform thy work.

26. I will give thee double salary and twice more ointment for the feet; I will give thee food with salt, potherbs, and, besides, a cloak.

27. So he chides him at the time, but afterwards he wisely conciliates[4] him (by saying): Thou dost thy work very well, indeed; thou art my son, surely; there is no doubt of it.

28. Little by little he makes the man enter the house, and employs him in his service for fully twenty years, in the course of which time he succeeds in inspiring him with confidence.

29. At the same time he lays up in the house


  1. It is with this word, krishnaka, that durvarna above, p. 103, must agree.
  2. Here nivesanasyopalikuñkake, var. lect. ckuñkike.
  3. Hînâdhimukta; one might render it, 'placed in a low or humble position,' but 'disposition' would seem out of place.
  4. Samsleshayate.