There was a great alarm
in the palace
, which soon spread
through the entire
city. The Queen had lost
her crown, and it could not be found. The people searched in every direction
, but the crown was nowhere to be found.
, because of the missing crown the Queen rechecked her work to find her precious
crown, but without result
. As a last resource
, it was shouted in the public
streets: "The Queen has lost
crown. Whoever finds it within thirty days shall receive
a princely reward
. But he who waits, and brings it after thirty days, shall lose his head."
In those times news spread
quickly; people from all over the world came to help the Queen find her crown. Among them was a doctor, a wise
man from the East, who loved goodness, and lived an honest
life in the craziness of the western world. One night as he was walking up and down, in busy thought
, beneath the clear, moonlit sky, he saw the crown sparkling at his feet. He grabbed it quickly and brought it to his home, where he guarded
it carefully until the thirty days had gone by, when he thought
to return it to the owner.
On the thirtieth day, he walked to the palace
, and acting calmly even at sight
of long lines and officials, asked for a meeting with the Queen.
“What do you mean by this?" the Queen asked when he told her his story and gave her the crown. "Why did you delay
to this day? Don’t you know the penalty
? Your head must be taken."
"I waited until now," the doctor answered calmly, "so that you would know that I return your crown, not for the sake of the reward
, but to be honest
. I do not wish to keep from another person the property
which belongs to them."
"Blessed are you!" the Queen answered, and let the doctor go without any punishment
. He taught the Queen and the people of the world a good lesson