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The Reunion of the Family - How?

Just then, Harischandra, who was like a dragon keeping vigil in the cremation ground, hurtled there, snatched the lighter-faggot from Chandramati's hand and hurled it. He held the child's corpse by the toe and threw it away from the funeral pyre. Chandramati was preplexed. She wept bitterly and remonstrated with him: " Nay, nay! He is not my son, he is your son. Please permit me to cremate him."

'Before you cremate the body, remove the clothes and give them to me. Also pay up the prescribed fees for the cremation licence, " said Harischandra

"I am a poor serf. I have no money to pay."

"Then remove your 'mangala-sutra', pawn it with some moneylender and bring me the money," he said.

Her grief welled up without end. She knew that her 'mangala-sutra' would be visible only to her husband the others would see it only when the husband's life was in peril. When the watchman of the cremation grounds referred to her 'mangala sutra', she was anxious for the safety of her husband's life too. She trembled with fear; she bemoaned her luckless condition. Her son, a prince, was dying a wretched death and she - Harischandra's queen - was unable to pay the funeral charges.

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