Esther 1:13, Question 2. Why does Achashverosh approach the wise men?

Given that Vashti insulted the king by not appearing when summoned, why would the king need advice about how to deal with the situation? For a megalomaniac dictator like Achashverosh, would not punishing her be the clear objective? Taken together, it becomes clear that the ability of the Sages to discredit evidence mentioned in the previous post is what Achashverosh hoped would save his beloved Vashti. He was looking for whatever loophole possible to avoid punishing her, killing her, or losing her.

This answer really reminds me of Bob Dylan’s 1964 “All I Really Want to Do,” the first track on Another Side of Bob Dylan. I can almost hear Achashverosh singing this in his head! Here’s a sample of the lyrics:

I ain’t lookin’ to compete with you
Beat or cheat or mistreat you
Simplify you, classify you
Deny, defy or crucify you
All I really want to do
Is, baby, be friends with you.

No, and I ain’t lookin’ to fight with you
Frighten you or tighten you
Drag you down or drain you down
Chain you down or bring you down
All I really want to do
Is, baby, be friends with you.

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