For what the king really wanted was...


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I was reading 'The Little Prince' recently and a sentence confused me a little.
"For what the king reially wanted was his authority to be taken seriously. He did not tolerate disobediance.He was an absolute monarch. But, because he was a good man, his orders were reasonable"

Would there be any difference in the meaning if we were to omit 'for' from the first sentence?
I looked up the meaning of 'want for' and it says: to lack, be in need of (something you need)
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It's not necessary for the sentence as a sentence. It's a good sentence without it. But it's necessary to express what the author is trying to say, tying what he said previously to that new idea. "For" connects those two ideas.