Thursday, June 10, 2010

Overheard Along The Corridors Of The King's Palace

"Pssst ... I just heard from a reliable source that the King slept with a married woman."
"Are you sure? This is a serious allegation, you know ... everyone knows that the King is a man of honour."
"Of course I'm sure. My cousin was one of the messengers who personally brought the woman into the King's private chambers."
"But that doesn't mean that the King slept with her, right? Did you see it with your own eyes?"
"Use you brain, use your brain! Why else would the King invite a woman into his private chambers? To drink tea and chit chat?"
"Shhhh ... not so loud! You're gonna get both of us killed if any of the King's loyal supporters hear this!"

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"Pssst ... It's confirmed, the King did sleep with that woman!"
"This is a serious allegation, you know ... everyone knows that the King is a man of honour. Are you sure? How do you know?"
"Of course I'm sure. My cousin told me that the woman sent word to the King that she is pregnant."
"How can you be sure it's the King's baby? Maybe she just simply wanted to share her joy with the King? "
"Use your brain, use your brain! Why else would she tell the King if it is not his baby? Think about it, her husband is out of the country fighting a war and she was with the King in his private chambers a few weeks ago, whose baby can it be if not the King's?"
"Shhhh ... not so loud! You're gonna get both of us killed if any of the King's loyal supporters hear this!"

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"Pssst ... Have you heard? That woman's husband just got summoned back from the battlefront by the King."
"So? What's the big deal?"
"Can't you see? The King is trying to cover up his affair with the woman. The King is bringing back the woman's husband so that he would sleep with his wife and make him think that he is the father of the baby when it is born."
"This is a serious allegation, you know ... everyone knows that the King is a man of honour. Maybe the King is just simply rewarding the man with home leave in recognition of his bravery in battle?"
"Use your brain, use your brain! Why else would the King, of all people, bring that woman's husband back if not to cover up his adultery? You think the timing of all these things is just coincidence?"
"Shhhh ... not so loud! You're gonna get both of us killed if any of the King's loyal supporters hear this!"

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"Pssst ... I tell you, that woman's husband is in deep trouble!"
"Why?"
"He didn't go back to his home and sleep. Instead, he slept with all the King's servants at the door of the King's house."
"So what is the problem?"
"Use your brain, use your brain! Can't you see? This means that the man did not sleep with his wife and when her tummy grows bigger in the coming months, everybody will know that it is the King's baby!"
"But why should the man be in deep trouble?"
"The King is gonna kill the man and take the woman to be his wife. That way, when the woman gives birth, the child will be legitimate, and the King won't be accused of adultery."
"This is a serious allegation, you know ... everyone knows that the King is a man of honour, he won't do such a thing."
"You just watch and see."

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"Pssst ... Have you heard? That woman's husband died. The King is marrying that woman any day now."
"Ya, I heard he died in battle. See, I told you, the King is a man of honour, he didn't kill that man."
"Use your brain, use your brain! Think about the timing. The man fought for so many months in the battlefield and didn't die but he died shortly after the King summoned him back."
"It is all coincidence. Why must you think that King had something to do with his death? Everyone knows that the King is a man of honour, he won't do such a thing."
"Are you sure? My cousin saw the King hand the man a letter to pass to the commander. I bet the letter instructed the commander to set the man up to die in battle."
"I am getting tired of your conspiracy theory. If you think that the King is doing such a dishonourable thing, why don't you report it?"
"To whom? He is the King! All his mighty men love him! Who is gonna listen to a small fry like me? Who is gonna believe that their beloved King is not such a man of honour after all?"

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