Why did the bird refuse to be taken out in her cage?
The bird refused to be taken out in her cage because it was not the same thing as flying. It said that the rice fields, the lake and the willow trees looked quite different when seen through the bars of a cage.
How many daughters did the royal couple have?
Why were they named after the months of the year?
The King had a peculiar habit. What was it? Why is it called peculiar?
(i) What was Princess September's reaction to the loss of her parrot?
(ii) What was her mother's reaction to it?
(iii) What do the reactions indicate about the nature and temperament of each?
What pulled the Princess out of her gloom?