Class 8 #English Chapter 5 #Summary | It so happened | Princess September | #Studyment


The King and Queen of Siam had many daughters. In order to avoid confusion, the King called the princesses by the name of the months like January, February, March etc. The last daughter was named September.

The King of Siam had a peculiar habit. Instead of accepting birthday gifts, he used to give everyone gifts. One year on his birthday, he gave each one of the princesses a green parrot in a golden cage.

One day Princess September found her parrot lying dead. She started weeping. Her maid tried to comfort her. But she failed to keep the princess quiet. At this, her mother got angry. She ordered that she should be put to sleep without her dinner.

The princess was crying for her parrot in her bed. Then a little bird entered her room. It started singing a beautiful song. The song  pulled the princess out of her gloom. Princess September was very impressed by his song and forgot crying.

Princess September decided to show her bird to her eight sisters. For each of them the bird sang a different song. The King and the queen were also surprised and delighted to hear the bird’s song.
All the eight princesses were worried now. The jealous sisters took a nasty decision. They advised her to put her little bird into the cage. They added that if he was left free, he might leave her forever.

The little bird came late that evening. September’s worry was about his safety. So as he came, she pushed him into a cage and shut the door. The little bird did not like it. He wanted his freedom. So he cried out loudly for the door of the cage to be opened. He even refused to eat and sing.

The next morning, the princess found the bird lying at the bottom of the cage. He looked as if he were dead. The bird told her that he cannot sing unless he is free. So the princess gave the bird his freedom back again. The bird was happy to get his freedom back. He promised that he would come back. He would
always sing her the loveliest songs he knew.

September kept her window open all day and night for the bird to fly in and out. Fresh air from the open window made the princess extremely beautiful. She was married to the king of Cambodia. But her sisters who kept their windows shut, grew ugly as well as unpleasant. So they were married away with the King’s ministers.