We look forward to fourteen years of forest life which will speed on happy wings,
and then surely we shall return to his feet for blessings. Give our love to my mother
Kausalya, and tell her that protected by her blessings we are well and give a like message
to my stepmothers, specially to Kaikeyi, lest she should think we have parted in anger.
Tell the Mahaaraaja that it is my earnest prayer that he should hasten with the
installation of Bharata, so that he may be a comfort to him in our absence."
But Sumantra, unable to restrain his grief,
burst out: "How am I to return and with what words can I give comfort?" And when
he looked at the empty chariot, he wept and said: "How shall I drive this chariot
that stands desolate without you?"
Once again Raama spoke words of comfort and
courage to Sumantra and urged on him the duty of patience, and sent him home.