The story so far:
One day, in the year 1916 a man arrived in Moscow. He walked up to the palace of the Tsar. The man was dressed in rags, and the palace guards soon found him and told him to go away. "Get out of here!", shouted one guard. The man said, "My name is Rasputin. What is this building?" The guards laughed, and said, "You really don't know what this building is?" Rasputin said, "No, what is it?" The guards laughed again, and one of them said, "This is the palace of the Tsar! The Tsar is the ruler of all of Russia! Inside this palace the Tsar sits upon his high and mighty throne!" Rasputin said, "I know who the Tsar is. I would like to see the Tsar. I would like to talk to him."
The palace guards laughed again. One of them stopped laughing long enough to ridicule Rasputin, he said, "You are obviously a peasant, I can see that you are dressed in rags, why do you think a lowly man like you could talk to the high and mighty Tsar?" Before Rasputin could answer the question, the door of the palace opened, and the Tsar looked out. The Tsar said, "What's going on out here?" The guards suddenly stood at attention. One of the guards answered, 'We were just talking to this peasant, your majesty. He was coming too close to the palace, so we were about to get rid of him!" The Tsar said, "Peasant?", and then, turning towards Rasputin to address him, asked, "Where are you from, peasant?"
Rasputin said, "Siberia" The Tsar smiled, and said, "Ah, yes, Siberia! The farthest of all my kingdoms! Tell me, what is your name?" Rasputin said "Rasputin". The Tsar said, "Well, where is your horse, Rasputin?" Rasputin said he had no horse. The Tsar asked how he got from Siberia to Moscow without a horse (the distance from Siberia to Moscow is more than four thousand miles). Rasputin said he walked. The Tsar was amazed at this. He asked, "How long did it take you to walk from Siberia to Moscow?" Rasputin said "About six months." The Tsar chuckled, and said, "Well, that's a long journey! Come in, Rasputin, and you can be my guest! My kingdom is large, and I admit I do not get visitors from the farthest corners of my kingdom very often. It has been a long time since I've had a visitor from as far away as Siberia!"
The guards were alarmed at this. One guard turned towards the Tsar and said, "Your majesty, I don't think that's a good idea!" The Tsar only said," Nonsense! Let him in!" The guards opened the door of the huge palace and let Rasputin come in.