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In their answers to the second question, some said that the people most necessary to the king were his councillors; others said, the priests. A few others chose the doctors. And yet others said that his soldiers were the most necessary.
To the third question, some said science. Others chose fighting, and yet others religious worship.
As the answers to his questions were so different, the king was not satisfied and gave no reward. Instead, he decided to seek the advice of a certain hermit, who was widely known for his wisdom.
For the second question (which people should he listen to/who are the most important people), the answers that the king received were:
  1. Councillors (members of the council)
  2. Priests
  3. Doctors
  4. Soldiers
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Who are important - councillors/doctors//priests/soldiers?
For the third question (what is the most important thing to do), the answers got were:
  1. Science
  2. Fighting
  3. Religious worship
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Most important thing to do - fighting/science/worship?
Since the king got all variety of answers, he was not satisfied at all. He was unable to give the reward to anyone. So he decided to meet a hermit (sage) who was famous for his wisdom.
Meanings of difficult words:
CouncillorsMembers of the council.
HermitA person who lives alone and leads a simple life.
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). Honeycomb. Three Questions - Leo Tolstoy (pp. 7-13). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.