I went to the ballet in Laos – the Ballet Theatre of Luang Prabang – to see a show called ‘The Return of Princess Sida’
The unhappy princess was separated from her husband due to war, and pined for years. Her husband also claimed to be unhappy to be separated from his wife.
Finally the monkey king intervened and arranged for her to return home
Overjoyed, she embarked on the long and hazardous journey
But while she was making her way home, her husband, egged on by his sycophantic minions,
decided that she’d been away for so long that she couldn’t possibly have remained faithful to him for all that time –
so when she finally arrived, he sent her away with a flea in her ear –
Bloody typical, I thought.