went to Draupadi asordered by his master. He said to her: "O revered princess,
Yudhishthira fell under the spell of the game of dice and has wagered and lost even you.
Now you belong to Duryodhana. I have come by
Duryodhana's command to take you to serve in his household as maid- servant, which will
hereafter be youroffice."
Draupadi, the spouse of the emperor who had
performed Rajasuya, was dumb founded, at this strange message. She asked:
"Prathikami, what do you say? Which prince would pledged his wife? Had he nothing
else to pawn?"
Prathikami answered: "It is because he bad
already lost all other possessions and had nothing else left that he played offering you
as a stake."
Then he told her the whole story of how
Yudhishthira had lost all his wealth and had finally betted her, after having first
forfeited his brothers and himself.