- The Minor Wife’s Lesson
from a scene in Kukrit Pramoj’s The Four Reigns
“Ploi,” Mother called out softly. “Listen close: In future days, when you become a bride, find a single-hearted husband. Don’t choose a man who’d make of you his minor wife or you will suffer like your mother did.”
She finished and fell silent, but had she not been watching how the ferry’s trail in water flowed for the shore she’d left, like her own thoughts, she would have noticed that her little daughter wasn’t listening. For this was Ploi’s first ride so far from what was home. She’d never seen so many people, boats, such open sky before, and marriage seemed farther, even, than Father’s door, whose threshold Mother vowed never to cross again. [End Page 112]
noh anothai studied Thai literature in Bangkok as a Fulbright scholar from 2011 to 2012. In that time, he hosted cultural events for Thailand’s Ministry of Culture and College of Dramatic Arts. His original poems and translations of Thai poetry appear both online and in print, most recently in Words Without Borders, the Berkeley Poetry Review, Waxwing, and Reunion: The Dallas Review.