He was sure the emperor knew

Devkumar was among the poorest in the empire, but something had affected his head and for that reason he didn’t think he was poor. He said that the emperor was watching him, that he had left the palace on a mission, and that they would soon come to find him, bathe him in fragrant oils, give him an embroidered robe, and take him home. For now, he was a watcher, for whatever affected his head also kept his eyes open so he could stay awake and watch all night. He wore rags and he ate others’ remnants, but he stayed awake when others slept and he never complained because he knew that his suffering was only temporary.