Thus did Abhimanyu, alone and unsuppor- ted, oppose a host of veteran
warriors and show the skill in the use of arms which he had learnt from his illustrious
father and from Vasu deva, his uncle. Seeing this, the poet says, Dronacharya's eyes were
filled with tears of affectionate admiration.
"Was there ever a fighter to equal this boy Abhimanyu?"
exclaimed Drona to Kripa, in the hearing of Duryodhana who could not contain his anger.
"The acharya's partiality for Arjunaprevents him from killing
Abhimanyu," Duryodhana said, "and he sings his praises instead of fighting him.
Indeed, if the acharya were minded to dispose of Abhimanyu, would it take him long to do
Often did Duryodhana suspect and com- plain in this manner against
Bhishma and Drona.Having undertaken a war of adharma, he was often led to speak in this
manner and hurt the feelings of the acharyas who stood loyally by him, even when they saw
the wickedness of his ways.