her eyes red with anger and grief, and facing Raavana cried: "Base fellow! You
boasted of your fame and your great origin and your warlike qualities, but have you
behaved like a brave warrior? Are you not ashamed of yourself? What sort of warrior is he
who waits for the husband's absence to steal his wife and carries off a lonely helpless
woman when no one is nearer to pre vent it?
"What heroic deed to kill the old bird that tried to save me! How brave was
your talk in the aashrama! The world will no doubt remember and praise this great hero who
dares not fight but is prepared to steal! If indeed you come of a noble family, what a
shame you have brought upon it!
"And what do you hope by thus carrying
me off? How long do you hope to live? Very soon Raama's arrows will seek you out and end
your life. Know that the moment Raama sets eyes on you, you are dead. Do not hope to