She charged me with having turned traitor to you and with having come to the
forest with treasonable intentions, and, O brother, she found it possible in her anguish
to say I would be glad of your death out of sinful intentions to wards herself! I
was half dead with horror on hearing those words of hers and then she announced that she
would kill herself if I did not go on the instant. Mad herself, she maddened me with her
words of reproach and I ran towards you not knowing what else to do."
But Raama was not satisfied. "Whatever
a foolish woman might have said in her fright, you should have stayed and not left her
unprotected. How could you do such a foolish thing? You have brought calamity on me. I
shall never see Seeta again."
The two hurried to the aashrama. Many bad
omens appeared on their way. And Raama repeated, as he saw them one by one: "I fear,
I fear we shall never see Seeta again!"