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Fighting for Women's Rights (Amazing Stories)


Fighting for Women's Rights (Amazing Stories)
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Anna Leonowens

From her time growing up in India and the Royal Court of Siam, Anna (made famous as the “I” in the movie The King and I) developed a fiercely independent nature that she brought with her to North America. As a well-known author, Anna toured America landing in Halifax where she single-handedly created an art school for girls — later to become the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She devoted most of her life to the fight for women’s rights.

Prologue

The trembling figure of the richly clad royal lady lay on the palace floor. Little Wanne, the princess, sobbed at the sight of her prostrate mother. She knew something terrible was about to happen.

Princess Wanne's mother, Lady Khoon Chom Kioa, had become so addicted to gambling that she had gambled away one of her daughter's servants. The little princess was so distraught that the king soon heard about the incident. He was furious and had summoned the lady to the audience hall to be sentenced for her offence, the violation of a taboo.

From his high golden throne, King Maha Mongkut of Siam uttered a harsh command. The entire court held its breath. Anna's eyes were wide with fear and she could feel Louis's fingers clutching at her skirts convulsively. Time hung suspended among the ornate chandeliers in the room. The cooling breeze that came in from the windows overlooking the bamboo groves suddenly stopped. Even the chattering monkeys swinging around the palace gardens seemed to have disappeared.

Suddenly, the huge wooden doors swung open, and two hefty women with evil-looking whips entered. Anna looked on in horror. The two chastisers bowed low to the king. Then, faces impassive, they advanced towards the terrified woman on the floor. The king abruptly nodded, his face black with fury. With a sudden jerk, the whips sang through the air.  Lady Khoon Chom Kioa was left lying on the floor in agony.

And Anna was forever changed.

About the Author

Moushumi Chakrabarty grew up in Poona, India, and now makes her home in Mississauga, Ontario, as well as on the Internet. She has been writing for over a decade with stints as a reporter and writer for a daily newspaper and a travel trade journal. Her writing has been published in anthologies, e-zines, and magazines

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