EARLY next morning, Duryodhana went to Dronacharya in a state of
bitterness and anger and, after the customary salutation, addressed him thus in the
presence of a large number of generals:
"Esteemed brahmana, Yudhishthira was quite within your reach
yesterday and, if you had really wished to take him no one could have prevented you. Yet,
you did not take him, and to me the events of yester- day are inexplicable. I cannot
understand what makes it hard for you to carry out your promise to me. Verily great men
Dronacharya was exceedingly hurt by this insulting insinuation.
"Duryodhana," he said, "I am putting forth on your be
half all the strength and skill I possess. You entertain thoughts unworthy of a
king. As long as Arjuna is present, supporting Yudhishthira, it is not possible for us to
seize him. I have told you that already. It is only if we manage some how to get Arjuna
out of the battlefield that we can hope to carry out this plan as you desire and I am
devising ways to attain this objective."