The king is talking to the now well-dressed beggar, whom he clothed earlier, while the nobleman looks on, grumbling. The king winks at us - he is well aware of how his generosity comes across.

"Once upon a time, there was a big man who sometimes noticed how small others could be."

The notion of pettiness

When we are being petty, it is often because our boundaries have been violated. This may have made us angry, withdrawn and wary and caused us to be, emotionally or materially stingy in our interactions with others.

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