“He came all the way from the city of Mon, He heard so much about Your Majesty that he longed to see you.”
You may keep it.
How wonderful!The king has given me a cowrie shell
Oh yes, my boy. How much do you want?Well, why not? All right, boy. Help yourself.
I have one cowrie shell.Look! I’ll dip my finger into a pile of seeds; then I’ll take the seeds that stick to it—that must be about right for one cowrie shell.
Can I buy some lettuce seed?
One day the sky was so clear and the weather so fine that it seemed to Makato that it must be a lucky day. As he worked in the elephant sheds, a tall young man in a splendid costume, followed by attendants, came in. It was Pra Ruang himself.
As the king walked away, Makato saw a little cowrie shell lying on the ground.t that time the people of Sukhothai used cowrie shells as money. Although one cowrie shell had little value, Makato wanted to make as much use of it as possible, for it was the king’s gift.
I grew them from the cowrie shell you gave me, Your Majesty,
One day he passed by a stall in the market where the seeds of many different plants were sold. He looked along the stall and caught sight of a basket full of lettuce seed. Lettuce! He could grow small plants like that. He asked the jolly-looking woman at the stall.
Now that he had seeds, Makato broke the soil and sowed them at once. Day by day he cleared more ground and planted more lettuce seedlings until the kitchen garden was covered with them.l.
One day the king passed by the elephant sheds again. Makato waited his opportunity, then knelt down and proudly presented his biggest bunches of lettuce to the king.
How could you do that?
Where did you get these?
He mastered every grace and served the king well. He was so loyal that the king trusted him absolutely. He was promoted to higher and higher positions until he was given the title of Khun Wang, which meant that he was the most important person in the king’s court.