He got up and went to see King Fred, who, astonished and still grateful, asked what he might grant in return. With a lifetime's contemplation reduced to one moment of clarity, Guglielmo asked that he might be released from the King's service. He wished to become a monk or hermit, spending his days perfecting his spirit and honoring the Lord. The King could hardly refuse -- in fact, he threw in a horse and a little money for good measure. It was probably the cheapest unconditional favor any king ever granted.