Equally various were the answers to the second question. Some said the people the king most needed were his councilors; others, the priests; others, the doctors; while some said the warriors were the most necessary.
To the third question, as to what was the most important occupation, some replied that the most important thing in the world was science. Others said it was skill in warfare; and others, again, that it was religious worship.
All the answers being different, the king agreed with none of them, and gave the reward to none. But still wishing to find the right answers to his questions, he decided to consult a hermit, widely renowned 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:
- Councillors (members of the council)
- Soldiers or warriors
Who are important - councillors/doctors//priests/warriors?
For the third question (what is the most important thing to do), the answers were:
- Religious worship
Most important thing to do - warfare/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:
|councillors||members of the council|
|hermit||a person who lives alone and leads a simple life|
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2019). Term-2 English Standard-8. The Three Questions - Leo Tolstoy (retold) (pp. 102-112). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.