INTER UNIVERSITY PRESS Solutions for Class 9 English Chapter 10 - Princess September
Chapter 10 - Princess September Exercise Passage 1
According to the King of Siam, twelve daughters were enough for a man. He did not want to go through the trouble of naming them again, and hence, he decided that if the queen gave birth to one more daughter, he would cut off her head.
The queen knew that she was the king's favourite. It made her sad to know that the king would be very distressed if he had to cut off her head.
The queen felt sad for the king who was going to cut off her head if she gave birth to one more daughter because they already had twelve daughters. She should have worried for herself as her life was in danger. However, she instead felt sad for the king.
The king and the queen named their first two daughters Night and Day. When they had two more daughters, they renamed the first two ones and called the four after the seasons, i.e. Spring and Autumn, Winter and Summer. In the course of time he had three others and he changed their names again and called all by the seven days of the week. Finally, when his eighth daughter was born, he named all of them after the months of the year.
Chapter 10 - Princess September Exercise Passage 2
The King of Siam had the habit of giving gifts on his birthday instead of receiving them.
The king was sad because his birthday came only once a year and he could not give away gifts more than once in a year.
The king had the habit of giving gifts on his birthday. As a result of this, he had given away all his wedding presents and the loyal addresses which the mayors of the cities in Siam presented him with and even his own crowns which had gone out of fashion.
One year on his birthday, the King did not have anything to give since he had already given away all that he owned to his subjects in the previous years. Therefore, he gave each of his daughters a beautiful green parrot in a beautiful golden cage.
Chapter 10 - Princess September Exercise Passage 3
Princess September was crying because one day she found her parrot lying dead at the bottom of its golden cage.
The Maids of Honour told the Queen that Princess September was sobbing uncontrollably. On hearing this, the Queen said that the death of the parrot was nonsense and not worth shedding tears. She heartlessly asked the Maids of Honour to put the princess to sleep without giving her supper.
Princess September was heart-broken on seeing her parrot dead. She wouldn't stop crying and was indeed very sad. This shows that the princess was sensitive and emotional. On the other hand, when the Queen was told that the princess was sobbing uncontrollably over her parrot's death, she said that the dead parrot was not worth shedding tears on and asked the Maids of Honour to put Princess September to sleep without giving her supper. The Queen was unfeeling and didn't care for the pain of her daughter.
A little bird hopped into Princess September's room and began to sing a beautiful song about the lake in the King's garden and the willow trees that looked at themselves in the still water and the goldfish that glided in and out of the branches that were reflected in it. When the bird finished singing, the princess was no longer crying. The little bird was a nightingale and it pulled Princess September out of her sadness by singing her a beautiful song.
Chapter 10 - Princess September Exercise Passage 4
The eight elder sisters of Princess September visited her after the death of her parrot.
The sisters came to visit Princess September to express their condolences over the death of her parrot.
The sisters were jealous of Princess September's little bird as it sang melodiously, as compared to the repetitive rant of their own parrots. Further, the song of the little bird was appreciated by the King too, this vexed the sisters further. Hence, they decided to separate September from the bird so that she wouldn't be happier than all of them.
The sisters pretended to be sad over the death of September's parrot. They told her that they had decided to put all their money together and buy her a parrot. However, Princess September told the sisters that she already had a bird which sang better than the green and yellow parrot and that she didn't need a parrot.
Chapter 10 - Princess September Exercise Passage 5
The eight sisters were jealous of September and her bird who sang melodious songs to her. September did not cage the bird and allowed it to move freely in the palace at its will. However, on one such day when the bird was not present, the sisters visited September and told her that if she allowed the bird to move freely, it wouldn't return one day. Indeed that day, the bird came back late, and this sowed the fear of losing the bird in September's heart.
Princess September popped the bird into a golden cage to ensure the bird's safety.
When the little nightingale was popped into the cage, it first thought it was a joke. But when the princess refused to let it out, it started sobbing and pleading to the princess. The bird repeatedly told the princess that it couldn't sing when it was caged and if it didn't sing it would die.
The princess told the bird that her mother's cats were on prowl that night and that she feared they would kill the bird. However, the actual reason for caging the bird was the fear instilled in the princesses' heart that the bird would fly away forever and that she would be left without a pet once again.
Chapter 10 - Princess September Exercise Passage 6
The bird grew sad and melancholic when it was caged. It could not see the trees outside nor could it enjoy nature. This made the bird weary and tired.
The princess realised that her love and possessiveness for the little bird was hurting it. She decided to set the bird free. Although she did this unwillingly, she was happy that the bird would be free again.
Princess September opened the cage and gently placed the little bird on the sill. The bird gave itself a little shake and realised that that he had become stiff.
Yes, the bird did return to the princess after being set free by her. The nightingale kept its promise of returning to the princess. When it came back after flying over the world, it sat on September's shoulder and ate out of her hand and sang to her the beautiful songs he had learned while he was flying up and down the fair places of the world.
Chapter 10 - Princess September Exercise Passage 7
Princess September kept her window open night and day so that the little nightingale could come into her room whenever it wanted to.
The open window allowed fresh air to enter September's room. It made her livelier, healthier, more beautiful, and happy. The inflow of natural light and fresh air into the room enhanced September's beauty and made her a sweet and a charming lady.
Princess September was married to the King of Cambodia. She was carried all the way to the city in which he lived on a white elephant.
The sisters never slept with their windows open and hence, they grew ugly and disagreeable. When the time of their marriage came, they were given away to the King's councilors with a pound of tea and a Siamese cat.
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