Again he said, "Be careful. Mind Seeta. Anything might happen at any time.
Destiny had set the stage for misfortune.
Strangely enough Lakshmana, who was by nature hasty and quick to act, was suspicious on
this occasion and Raama, who was usually circumspect now yielded to Seeta's foolish wish
and, disregarding. Lakshmana's warning, went in pursuit of the Maareecha-stag.
In order to give Raavana plenty of time and
opportunity, Maareecha kept within sight of Raama, but beyond his reach, and drew him on
and on like Fate. The deer would take a few steps, then stop and turn and stare at the
pursuer. Then suddenly it would start as if in fear. Pricking its ears, it would spring
drawing up its hooves to its breast. It would disappear for a while among the trees.
Emerging soon on some tall mound, it would display its lovely out line framed against a
passing cloud. Sometimes it allowed near approach as though tired and so easy of capture
but presently it would spring up and bound far away.