The text I’m dealing with is one of the short stories written by W.Somerset Maugham. It’s entitled “Princess September”.
First of all I’d like to tell you about the author of this story.
William Somerset Maugham (27 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was an English playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and, reputedly, the highest paid author during the 1930s.
Maugham’s masterpiece is generally agreed to be “Of human bondage”, a semi-autobiographical novel (1915), Maugham instituted The Somerset Maugham Award, awarded to the best British writer or writers under the age of 35 of a work of fiction published in the past year.
As for the story I’ve read it was published in 1939. Princess September is a story of a princess os Siam, nowadays Siam is known as the Thailand. Princess’ father, the king of Siam, had a strange idea about naming his children. When he had only 2 daughters, he named them Day and Night, when 2 more were “added”, he named them again by the days of the week. When the 8th daughter “arrived” he named them again by the months, and when the 9th daughter was born, he named the child by September. So she was called the Princess September. She was the last daughter of the King of Siam (after that the Queen gave birth onl to two boys). The fisrt 8 daughters had difficult character as their names were changed more than once. Also the King had another habbit of giving birthday presents. On one birthday, he gave to each of his daughters a green parrot in a beautiful golden cage. When Princess September’s parrot died she was desperate. Then a tiny bird came to her and sang sweet songs. It made The Princess really happy. But her sisters envied her and they advised her to cage the bird. And when the bird was put into the golden cage, given by the King, it stopped singing at all and it refused to eat and to drink. The little bird was suffocating from not being free. Finally, Princess.