But Draupadi warned Bhima not to be hasty. They talked It over and finally
decided that Kichaka should be beguiled to come alone at night to a retired spot in the
dancing hall where he should find waiting for him Bhima disguised as a woman, instead of
Next morning, Kichaka renewed his hateful attentions and vaingloriously
said to Draupadi: "O Sairandhri, I threw you down and kicked you in the presence of
the king. Did any one there come forward to help you?
Virata is only king in name of this Matsya country, but I, the
commander-in-chief, am the real sovereign. Now, do not be a fool, but come and enjoy life
with me, with all royal honors.
I shall be your devoted servant." And he begged and bullied and
cringed,devouring her the while with lust-reddened eyes.
Draupadi pretended to yield and said: "Kichaka, believe me, I can
no longer resist your solicitations. But none of your companions or brothers should know
of our relations. If you swear that you will faithfully keep the secret from others, I
shall yield to your wish."
Kichaka delightedly agreed to thecondition and he promised to go alone
to a place of assignation that very night.