WHEN Yudhishthira at last gave his consent for Dhritarashtra's retirement
to the forest, Dhritarashtra and Gandhari went back to their residence and broke their
Kunti sat with Gandhari and they ate together. Dhritarashtra asked
Yudhishthira to sit by him and gave him his last blessings.
Then the old man stepped out and, with his hand resting on Gandhari's
shoulder, slowly walked out of the city on his journey to the forest.
Gandhari, who, because her lord and husband was blind, gave up the use
of her eyes and wrapped her face with a napkin all her life, placed her hand on Kunti's
shoulder and slowly walked along, thus guided.
Kunti had decided in her mind to go with Gandhari to the forest. As she
walked on, she was speaking to Yudhishthira: "Son, do not ever let your speech be
angry when you speak to Sahadeva.