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Summary of Sakuntala Hunting one day in a forest, King Dushyanta happens upon a hermitage where he notices the radiantly beautiful Shakuntala, an orphan Sage Kanva’s daughter who is being raised by an ascetic sage. Instantly Dushyanta falls in love with Shakuntala, and the feeling is reciprocated as soon as she sees the lordly monarch. The two consummate a private marriage; Dushyanta gives Shakuntala his signet ring and then returns to his court, promising to send shortly for her to join him as his principal wife. Evidently he wants to take some time to prepare the way for her arrival, as Shakuntala will be displacing his existing principal wife, who no doubt has powerful supporters. Before he can bring her to court, however, trouble emerges in the form of an angry spirit named Durvasa, who becomes enraged when Shakuntala fails to greet him with respect (her thoughts are elsewhere as she dreams of her lover). He repays her absent-mindedness by decreeing that King Dushyanta will forget that he ever knew her. Implored by Shakuntala's companions
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