Masrur put his cup aside. He was torn between two feelings.
Within himself he knew that a small fault would be able to scatter his gold
everywhere. And in the end, there would be no one to celebrate it, perceive it
as a virtue or even find someone to receive the crown of honor. He worried
about little. He felt there was no real threat to his gold.
In fact he felt a deep sense of pride within himself. This pride
was not because of his wealth nor because of the continuous increase of his
wealth that exceeded eight million pounds of gold daily.
On more than one occasion he mentioned that his mind was actually
the cause of his pride, his happiness and his misery too. He felt as if his
wealth was hidden there, in a certain place deep
Within his consciousness. He had confidence in himself.
This trust and satisfaction was attributed to his extraordinary ability to gain
property and utilize it to its utmost potential. He also believed that this
ability lay in the fact that he possessed certain knowledge within himself.
He used to count how much his property would increase in a day,
a month and a year. Due to the fact that he possessed an excessive amount of
money, he was unable to count all his capital. And this was the reason why he
sometimes suffered from a haunting sense of failure and felt the narrowness of
Whenever he was alone, he lamented his inability to count h
` all his capital. He was fond of speaking to himself ironically about his
poverty. To him, the rich man was the one who could
Count his property while the poor man was one of two:
either he had no money and was an idiot who deserved to be burnt, or had some
profit which was even greater than his ability to count. He
had never shared his perception - with others but kept it
as a secret hidden within his heart.
Indeed, despite his wealth, he was a man who deserved sympathy
and had a great need to be comforted, but at the same time he was not ready to
have compassion for anybody.
Compassion and mercy may urge him to pay a penny for the poor,
and thus, this penny would be the very beginning of loosing his property since
million of pounds are nothing but an abundance of pennies. Then if he were to
spend only one penny he would be threatening his wealth, the same as the string
of a necklace that should it be torn, all its pearls, one after the other, would
be scattered. He believed that each penny should be spent in a suitable way.
Masrur had paid eight million pounds of gold to buy some powder
that was to be added to the wine of the king. Consequently, the king died while
he was asleep. Thus, the millions of Masrur brought about his coronation. He
became the king but without right or reason.