Do you remember the movie "Anna and the King"? Well, this is the true story of Anna Leonowens. The memories of her six years as a Governess in the Royal Palace of Bangkok.
Anna Leonowens has lived in the Court of King Rama IV (King Mongkut) between 1862 and 1868. There is not the slightest doubt about that. She has written her own memoirs about this stay and they have been published. She went to Siam with her son Louis, who is never mentioned by this name in her book, though. He is indicated with words like "boy" or the like.
English Era, 1862, 26 February GRAND ROYAL PALACE, BANGKOK.To Mrs. A.H. Leonowens:MADAM: We are in good pleasure, and satisfaction in heart, that you are in willingness to undertake the education of our beloved royal children. And we hope that in doing your education on us and on our children (whom English call inhabitants of benighted land) you will do your best endeavor for knowledge of English language, science, and literature, and not for conversion to Christianity; as the followers of Buddha are mostly aware of the powerfulness of truth and virtue, as well as the followers of Christ, and are desirous to have facility of English language and literature than new religions. We beg to invite you to our royal palace to do your but endeavorment upon us and our children We shall expect to see you here on return of Siamese steamer Chow Phya. We have written to Mr. William Adamson, and to our consul at Singapore, to authorize to do best arrangement for you and ourselves. Believe me Your faithfully, (Signed) S.S. P. P. MAHA Mongkut
Ho preparato anche lo stesso identico libro con una cover diversa. Per la copertina vale lo stesso discorso del libro precedente. Ma questi due libri sono in fase di perfezionamento perché non sono ancora completamente soddisfatta.
Momentaneamente e per fare da contorno ai miei post su Anna, ho messo come sottofondo musicale la Colonna sonora del bellissimo film di Anna And The King per rimanere in tema ;o) È solo un cambiamento momentaneo perché sono troppo affezionata alla mia vecchia canzone.