A great scholar, a devout man, was suddenly offered a very high position in the political field. It would be largely prestige, but he thought that he would be able to do a good deal to encourage and support scholarship and religion from that eminence. He would, however, have to spend a good bit of his time in official ceremonial, and to that extent his own work would suffer.
After some hesitation, he accepted the honour and duly received many telegrams of congratulation, and also a large number of small presents in accordance with the custom of the country.
A friend of his, a spiritual teacher, sent him a little packet. When he opened it, he found that it contained chocolates wrapped up in gold paper to look like coins.