what were the three questions that occured in the tsar's mind?"three questions" by leo tolstoy

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In "Three Questions" by Leo Tolstoy, the king wanted to know the right time to begin everything, who were the right people to listen to and whom to avoid, and what was the most important thing to do. After receiving conflicting and unsatisfying answers from wise men in his kingdom, he sought the help of a hermit.

While visiting the hermit, the king unknowingly saved the life of his sworn enemy. The hermit initially refused to answer the king's question until the king begged him to do so on the last day of his visit. The Hermit told the king that the most important time was now. The most important thing to consider is the people around us, and the most important task is to do good for mankind.