An Indian Tale- How the Raja's Son won the Princess Labam

  • How the Raja's Son won the Princess Labam.

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    In a country there was a Raja who had an only son who every day went out to hunt.

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  • One day the Rani, his mother, said to him,

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    Rani

    β€œYou can hunt wherever you like on these three sides; but you must never go to the fourth side.”

  • Narrator

    This she said because she knew if he went on the fourth side he would hear of the beautiful Princess Labam, and that then he would leave his father and mother and seek for the princess.

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  • The young prince listened to his mother, and obeyed her for some time; but one day, when he was hunting on the three sides where he was allowed to go, he remembered what she had said to him about the fourth side, and he determined to go and see why she had forbidden him to hunt on that side.

  • When he got there, he found himself in a jungle, and nothing in the jungle but a quantity of parrots, who lived in it.

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    The young Raja shot at some of them, and at once they all flew away up to the sky.

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  • All, that is, but one, and this was their Raja, who was called Hiraman parrot.

  • When Hiraman parrot found himself left alone, he called out to the other parrots,

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    Hiraman

    β€œDon't fly away and leave me alone when the Raja's son shoots.

  • If you desert me like this, I will tell the Princess Labam.”

  • Narrator

    Then the parrots all flew back to their Raja, chattering.

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  • The prince was greatly surprised, and said,

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    Prince

    β€œWhy, these birds can talk!”

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    Then he said to the parrots,

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    Prince

    β€œWho is the Princess Labam?

  • Where does she live?”

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    But the parrots would not tell him where she lived.

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    Parrots

    β€œYou can never get to the Princess Labam's country.”