Posted 09 January 2007 - 11:30 AM
"Captured" is probably not the best term. The "Bluebird" story goes back to a fairy tale written by one of the "female intellectuals" of the Louis XIV period, and had the princess locked in a tower by her father, and the bluebird is her only companion. In the winter, he flies away, "to China" the story goes, and returns in the spring. When the princess listens carefully to him, she realizes that she can understand his language, and begins to speak to him. One day, she complains about being locked up in the tower, and the bird asks why she can't fly away. She explains that she doesn't know how to fly, but the bird says, "Nothing easier. Since you've listened so carefully to me, you will have no trouble in learning if you continue to listen in that manner." So she learns from the Bluebird, and they both fly off to China together.