~ 180. Gossip Spreads ~

One day Rama was laughing and joking with the friends of his youth. "Tell me," Rama said, "what is the talk of the town these days?"
"The citizens are still talking about your victory over Ravana, delighting in your triumph," they said. 
"Tell me more," Rama insisted. "Not just the good, but the bad also."
"Well," one of his friends admitted, "some men complain that you allowed Sita to come back into your house. They now wonder if they must do the same for their gadabout wives."
This gossip affected Rama deeply. He dismissed his friends and then summoned Lakshmana.

Inspired by: Valmiki's Ramayana.
Notes: This is the Uttara Kanda (Book 7), sarga 43.

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