What reason did the princess give for caging the bird?

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asked Apr 22 in Class X English by priya12 (-12,524 points)

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September felt her heart go thump, thump against her chest, and she made up her mind to take no more risks. She put up her hand and took hold of the bird. This he was quite used to, she liked feeling his heart go pit-a-pat, so fast, in the hollow of her hand, and I think he liked the soft warmth of her little hand. So the bird suspected nothing and he was so surprised when she carried him over to the cage, popped him in, and shut the door on him for a moment he could think of nothing to say. But in a moment or two he hopped up on the ivory perch and said: “What is the joke?” “There’s no joke,” said September, “but some of mamma’s cats are prowling about to-night, and I think you’re much safer in there.”

What reason did the princess give for caging the bird? What was the real reason for caging the bird?

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answered Apr 22 by aditya23 (-2,178 points)

The princess told the bird that her mother’s cats were on prowl that night and that she feared they would kill the bird. However, the actual reason for caging the bird was the fear instilled in the princesses’ heart that the bird would fly away forever and that she would be left without a pet once again.

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