Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This satirical Indian fairy tale is set during the 18th century, when traditional social customs were rigidly adhered to, and follows the exploits of a beautiful and spoiled daughter of a rajah who is forced to become the bride of her 15-year-old Brahmin houseboy after the man she was supposed to marry jilts her on her wedding day. If she doesn't marry before sunset, something horrible will happen to her; therefore she must marry the servant boy. After the ceremony, the boy is exiled and the union remains unconsummated. Years pass and tragedy befalls the rajah who loses all his wealth. Suddenly the servant boy returns, only he is no longer a servant. Now he has become wealthy and powerful enough to take the rajah's position from him. Even though by then he has married another, his former bride begs him to take her in.
daughter, marriage-arranged, servant, wealth