Mystery of the Missing Necklace [Chap
2. The Mystery is Solved]
the royal minister who happened to be the Enlightenment Being had
seen and heard all that had taken place in the pleasure garden.
He realized that the mystery could be solved only by careful examination.
Jumping to conclusions could lead to the wrong answers. So he started
examining and analyzing the situation in his mind.
thought, "The necklace was lost inside the pleasure garden.
But the poor villager was captured outside the pleasure garden.
The gates had strong guards standing watch. Therefore, the villager
could not have come in to steal the necklace. Likewise, no one from
inside the garden could have gotten out through the guarded gates
with the stolen necklace. So it can be seen that none of these people
could have gotten away with Most Precious, either from inside or
a mystery! The poor man who was first accused must have said he
gave it to the Chief Financial Adviser just to save himself. The
Chief Financial Adviser must have thought it would go easier for
him if the Royal Teacher Priest were involved. The priest must have
blamed the Official Court Musician so that music would make their
time in the palace dungeon pass more pleasantly. And the Official
Court Musician probably thought that being with the high class prostitute
would take away the misery of prison life. So he said he gave the
necklace to her.
examining carefully, it is easy to see that all five suspects must
be innocent. But the garden is full of monkeys who are known to
cause mischief. No doubt some she-monkey thought Most Precious would
set her above the rest, and the necklace is still in her hands."
he went to the king and said, "Your excellency, if you hand
over the suspects to me, I will do the investigation for you."
"By all means, my wise minister," said the king, "examine
into it yourself.''
minister called for his servant boys. He told them to keep the five
suspects together in one place. They were to hide nearby, listen
to all that was said, and then report back to him.
the five prisoners thought they were alone they began talking freely
to each other. First the Chief Financial Adviser said to the poor
villager, "You little crook! We never saw each other before.
So when did you give the stolen Most Precious to me?"
replied, "My lord sir, most exalted adviser to the great king,
I have never had anything of any value whatsoever, not even a broken
down bed or chair. I certainly have not seen any such Most Precious
necklace! I don't know what you people are talking about. Being
scared to death by the king's guards, I only mentioned you in the
hope that one as important as you could free us both. Please, my
lord, don't be angry at me."
Royal Teacher Priest said to the Chief Financial Adviser. "You
see, this man admits he has not given it to you, so how could you
have given it to me?" He replied, "We are both in high
positions. I thought that if we got together and backed each other
up, we could settle this matter."
Official Court Musician asked, "Oh Royal Teacher Priest, when
did you give the queen's pearl necklace to me?" "I thought
that if you were imprisoned with me," said the priest, "your
music would make it much more pleasant. That's why I lied."
the woman said to the Official Court Musician, "You miserable
crook! When did I come to you? When did you come to me? We have
never met each other before. So when could you possibly have given
me the stolen Most Precious?" He said to her, "Oh dear
young lady, please don't be angry with me. I only accused you so
that when we five are imprisoned together, your being with us will
make us all happy."
being either a poor frightened stranger or a slippery government
official, the high class prostitute was the only one who had told
the truth. So there was no one to accuse her of shifting the blame.
course the wise minister's servants had been eavesdropping on the
entire conversation. When they reported it all back to him, he realized
his suspicion was confirmed some she-monkey must have taken
the necklace. So he thought, "I must come up with a plan to
get it back."
he had a bunch of cheap imitation jewel ornaments made. Then he
had several she-monkeys captured in the royal pleasure garden. He
had them decorated with the imitation ornaments necklaces
on their necks, and bracelets on their wrists and ankles. Then they
were released in the garden. The minister ordered his servants to
watch all the she-monkeys carefully. When they saw anyone with the
missing pearl necklace, they were to scare her into dropping it.
she-monkey who had taken Most Precious was still guarding it in
the hollow of the tree. The other she-monkeys strutted back and
forth saying, "See how fine we look. We have these beautiful
necklaces and bracelets." She couldn't stand seeing and hearing
this. She thought, "Those are nothing but worthless imitations."
To show them all up, she put on her own neck the Most Precious necklace
of real pearls.
the servants frightened her into dropping it. They took it to their
master, the wise minister. He took it to the king and said, "Your
majesty, here is the pearl necklace, the one called Most Precious.
None of the five who admitted to the crime was really a thief. It
was taken instead by a greedy little she-monkey living in your pleasure
amazed king asked, "How did you find out it was taken by a
she-monkey? And how did you get it back?" The minister told
the whole story.
king said, "You were certainly the right one for the job. In
times of need, it is the wise who are appreciated most." Then
he rewarded him by showering him with wealth, like a heavy rain
of the seven valuables gold, silver, pearls, jewels, lapis
lazuli, diamonds and coral.
moral is: Theft from greed, lies from fear,
truth from examining.