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sneering jackal trying to jump on to his lap. While trying to ward it off, he woke up with an uneasy feeling.
Raju felt if only he knew the answer his position would improve and as he murmured this to himself he heard a sweet voice, 'I will give you the answer provided you promise to give me half of your award.' It was a beautiful little bird that had hopped down to a lower branch right above Raju's head. An enthusiastic Raju immediately accepted the offer. The answer was: 'The throne symbolizes the kingdom; the jackal symbolizes treachery and selfish cunning dominating the atmosphere. Ask the king to be cautious.'
Raju met the king the next day and interpreted the dream. The king was satisfied and Raju received the 100 gold coins. Walking back, Raju thought, 'what a pity I have to part with half the amount of the reward.' He took a detour and avoided the bird.
He invested the money prudently and grew rich. Five years passed. One evening the king's 19

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