Some of the richest merchants and courtiers of the king
simply walked past it as they passed.
Although many people accused the King of failing to maintain
the roadways clear, none of them took action to have the stone removed.
A peasant carrying vegetables came by one day. The peasant
walked up to the boulder, lay down his load, and tried to fling it aside. He
succeeded only after much pushing and straining.
A pocketbook was laying in the path where the boulder had
been when the peasant returned to collect his veggies. The note from the King
and the abundance of gold pieces in the purse indicated that the money was
intended for the person who had lifted the roadside boulder.