Story on Ready Wit of an Astrologer

Once there was a king who was fond of knowing his future from astrologers. A good astrologer visited the capital of the king. The king called him to the palace. The astrologer told the king something unpleasant. At this, the king got furious and condemned him to death. But another thought crossed his mind before the astrologer was removed for execution. The king then asked. “How long would you live?” He then thought for a while for some way of escape. He thought the king would prove him a liar putting him to death. With ready wit, he said, “The stars declare that I will die only a week before your death! I shall wait to receive your majesty where you have been sending me.” At this, the king turned pale. “Drive this wretch away and let him not come again,” shouted the king.

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