"I know why Bharata is coming here now and I will tell you. He knows the way
of dharma. He is coming here to give the kingdom to me. If he had been in Ayodhya
instead of in the far-away land of his uncle he would have dissuaded Kaikeyi, and saved
our father from the great sorrow which has befallen him. I am certain he is coming now to
take me back to the city. It is wrong of you to think ill of Bharata and speak such harsh
words about him. If it is desire for the kingdom that makes you so cruel in your
suspicion, tell me. I have only to tell Bharata to pass it on to you, and I make no doubt
he will do it with pleasure."
Raama said this laughing, and Lakshmana shrank into himself
"Perhaps our father, the King," Lakshmana said.
" Is himself coming to see us."