The Bones around Prisdang’s Neck
This chapter speculates on the “incident” which had led to the rift between Prince Prisdang and King Chulalongkorn. It focuses on two particular incidents: one involving a man named Mom Jao Pan and another involving Khunying Si (hereafter “Si” or “Phi Si,” which means elder sibling), the widow of the brother of Prisdang's dear friend from London, Jamuen Saraphai (Joem Saeng-Chuto; hereafter “Surasak”). The Mom Jao Pan incident came to a head in May 1887, and the rumors regarding Si arose by June 1887. Although Prisdang's published autobiography suggests that his suicide attempt was a consequence of the king's repossession of the Phumnithet property, which relates directly to the Mom Jao Pan incident, his letters suggest it was rumors about an affair with Si that drove him to raise a gun to his head.
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