King: I do not remember having any connection with you. Go or stay or do whatever you please.
Śakuntalā: Knowing everything, how can you, like a mean and inferior man, say that ‘you know nothing?’
She points out that the son is the image of his father and having just compared him to a swine, she tells him that he’s worse than an insect, because “even ants bear their eggs and don’t break them.” Eventually, she tells him that if he insists on ‘being united with falsehood’ and does not place credence in her words, she’d rather leave.
- Kālidāsa’s Abhijñānaśakuntalam translated by M.R Kale. Motilal BanarasiDass, 10th edition, 1969
- Mahābhārata, translated by M.N Dutt, Parimal Publications, Delhi, New Revised Edition, 2008.
- Images are from Google images.