Bansir - This character is the first character the reader meets. He is a Babylonian chariot maker who does excellent work but has been unable to set aside extra funds for his family's pleasure. His home overlooks the king's palace, and he is able to sit and observe the comings and goings of the marketplace. This character wishes he could earn enough money to buy the finer things for his wife and himself but he sees no way to make this happen. This character, along with his friend Kobbi, decide that they have been unsuccessful in acquiring great wealth because they have never sought the advice of those who have great wealth. Once this has been decided, the two men decide to seek the advice of an old friend: Arkad. After hearing Arkad's tale of how he rose from a regular merchant to a wealthy man...
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