Thong Proi the Rich Girl

thong proi the rich girlHave you ever wished that you were rich and could have anything you wanted? There are many such people in Thailand, and this story by the remarkable Thai writer M.R. Kukrit Pramoj is about one of them. It is one of 12 stories in a book called “Many Lives”, which we highly recommend to anyone trying to better understand Thai culture. The only thing the people in the book have in common is that they all died at the same time in a boat that sank in a storm. To see if Thong Proi died happy or sad, you will need to read our story.

English Learner Vocabulary Help

The words and expressions in our Simplified English of the story which are not in our Intermediate Level 1800 word list are: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .

There is also a word that is in our Intermediate word list but has a meaning in the story which is different to the one most commonly used. We are told that Thong Proi experienced many new things when she lived in Bangkok, including going to fairs. This has nothing to do with the weather or being , but rather having fun at .


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version(n: version pl versions) 1. A story or description that is different in some way from another person's story or description. The boy gave his version of what had happened. (เรื่องราว) 2. A form of something (such as a product) that is different in some way from other forms. A new version of the software should be available soon. (รุ่น) 2000

atmosphere(n: atmosphere pl atmospheres) 1. The mass of air surrounding the earth. 2. The particular way a place or situation makes you feel. 3000

beyond(prep: beyond) 1. On the other side of. My house is just beyond those trees. 2. Farther on than something in time or place. I cannot plan beyond tomorrow. 3. To a degree or amount greater than; out of the range, power etc of. He is beyond help. 4. Other than; in addition to. What is there to say beyond what's already been said? 2000

canal(n: canal pl canals) A long, narrow man-made waterway. 3000

(n: contrast pl contrasts) Difference(s) in things or people that are compared. 3000

(v: criticize, criticizes, criticized, criticizing) To express disapproval of someone or something; to talk about the problems or faults of someone or something. 4000

cure(v: cure, cures, cured, curing) 1. To stop a disease and make someone healthy again. The infection was cured with antibiotics. 2. To make better or solve a problem. That medicine cured me. His wife cured him of his bad habits.
(n: cure pl cures) Something that cures a disease. They're trying to find a cure for cancer. 3000

(v: discourage, discourages, discouraged, discouraging) 1. To make (someone) less determined, hopeful, or confident. 2. To make or try to make people not want to do something. 5000

dull(adj: dull, duller, dullest) 1. Not exciting or interesting; boring. It was a very dull book. 2. Not shiny, bright or clear. It was a dull day. 3. Having an edge or point that is not sharp; blunt. A dull knife. 4. Slow to learn or to understand. The clever children help the dull ones. 3000

(v: impress, impresses, impressed, impressing) To make someone admire or be interested in you in some way.
(n: impression pl impressions) The effect or influence that something or someone has on a person's thoughts or feelings.
(adj: impressive) Deserving attention, admiration, or respect; making a good impression. 2000

jealous(adj: jealous) 1. Feeling or showing that you want to be like another person or have something that another person has; envy. 2. Feeling or showing unhappiness or anger because you think that someone you love [such as your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.] likes or is liked by someone else. 4000

(n: junction pl junctions) A place at which two things (especially roads or railway lines) join or meet. 2000

(n: leisure, noncount) Time when you are not working and can do whatever you want to do; free time. 3000

(n: luxury pl luxuries) 1. Something pleasant (and often rare and expensive) but not necessary. We're giving up all the luxuries and will only spend money on what we need. 2. A situation of great comfort and ease among expensive things. They live in luxury. 3000

miracle(n: miracle pl miracles) An unusual or wonderful event that cannot be explained and is believed to be caused by the power of God. 3000

(n: mixture pl mixtures) Something made by combining (mixing) two or more things. 3000

mosquito(n: mosquito pl mosquitoes) A small flying insect that bites the skin of people and animals and sucks their blood. 7000

overturn(v: overturn, overturns, overturned, overturning) To turn (something) over; in the case of a boat, to capsize. 7000

(v: resist, resists, resisted, resisting) To be able to stop yourself doing something that you want to do. 2000

sew(v: sew, sewed, sewn, sewing) To make or repair something [such as a piece of clothing] by using a needle and thread.
(n: sewing, noncount) 1. The act or process of sewing. I learned sewing at school. 2. Things that are used for sewing or that are being sewn. She took her sewing into the kitchen. 3000

sorrow(n: sorrow pl sorrows) 1. [Something which causes] a feeling of sadness or grief, especially the loss of someone or something. I felt great sorrow over the death of my friend. He led a life filled with joys and sorrows. (ความเศร้าใจ) 6000

1. (v: spoil, spoils, spoiled or spoilt, spoiling) To damage or ruin; to make bad or useless; to reduce the quality or value of. (ทำให้เสีย) 2. To give (a child etc) too much of what he or she wants and possibly make his or her character, behavior etc worse by doing it. (ตามใจจนเสียคน) 3000

rotten fruit spoiled-child

tag(n: tag pl tags) A small piece of cloth, paper, metal, etc., that is attached to something and that has information written on it. (แถบป้ายบอกข้อมูล) 3000

(adj: tender) Being very loving and gentle. (ที่แสดงถึงความรักใคร่) 3000

fairness(adj: fair, fairer, fairest) 1. Treating people in a way that does not favor some over others. A fair election/fight. 2. Not very good or very bad. Fair quality. 3. Quite good but not excellent. They have a fair chance of winning. 4. [of a person's hair or skin] Light colored 5. [of weather] Not stormy or cloudy. 6. [old fashioned] Attractive; pleasing to look at. 1000

fair(n: fair pl fairs) 1. An [often traveling] public show or event with rides, games, and other entertainment. 2. A large market held at fixed times of the year. A fair is held here every spring. 3. An event at which many people gather to buy things or get information about a product or activity. A book/job/trade fair. 7000

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