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Mark Twain

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Tom Canty is a poor boy in the London slums. His birth only brings more poverty to his already dirt poor family. Edward VI is the long awaited heir to the English throne. They are born on the same day and look so alike they can’t believe it. They exchange clothes and Edward VI ends up being thrown out of the palace by guards who think he is the poor boy he looks to be. Both boys have difficulty fitting into the other’s lives. After many adventures, matters are set right again, with one of the boys resuming his rightful, royal position and the other boy accepting a position that recognizes his innate intelligence and good heartedness.The bulk of the books is the mad life of the poor boy during which Edward VI learns how many of his subjects live. He resolves to change things if he can get back to the palace and be restored to his rightful place.

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Contents

Chapter I. The birth of the Prince and the Pauper

Chapter II. Tom’s early life

Chapter III. Tom’s meeting with the Prince

Chapter IV. The Prince’s troubles begin

Chapter V. Tom as a patrician

Chapter VI. Tom receives instructions

Chapter VII. Tom’s first royal dinner

Chapter VIII. The question of the Seal

Chapter IX. The river pageant

Chapter X. The Prince in the toils

Chapter XI. At Guildhall

Chapter XII. The Prince and his deliverer

Chapter XIII. The disappearance of the Prince

Chapter XIV. ‘Le Roi est mort’—vive le Roi.‘

Chapter XV. Tom as King

Chapter XVI. The state dinner

Chapter XVII. Foo-foo the First

Chapter XVIII. The Prince with the tramps

Chapter XIX. The Prince with the peasants

Chapter XX. The Prince and the hermit

Chapter XXI. Hendon to the rescue

Chapter XXII. A victim of treachery

Chapter XXIII. The Prince a prisoner

Chapter XXIV. The escape

Chapter XXV. Hendon Hall

Chapter XXVI. Disowned

Chapter XXVII. In prison

Chapter XXVIII. The sacrifice

Chapter XXIX. To London

Chapter XXX. Tom’s progress

Chapter XXXI. The Recognition procession

Chapter XXXII. Coronation Day

Chapter XXXIII. Edward as King

CONCLUSION. Justice and Retribution

Chapter I

The birth of the Prince and the Pauper.

In the ancient city of London, on a certain autumn day in the second quarter of the sixteenth century, a boy was born to a poor family of the name of Canty, who did not want him. On the same day another English child was born to a rich family of the name of Tudor, who did want him. All England wanted him too. England had so longed for him, and hoped for him, and prayed God for him, that, now that he was really come, the people went nearly mad for joy. Mere acquaintances hugged and kissed each other and cried. Everybody took a holiday, and high and low, rich and poor, feasted and danced and sang, and got very mellow; and they kept this up for days and nights together. By day, London was a sight to see, with gay banners waving from every balcony and housetop, and splendid pageants marching along. By night, it was again a sight to see, with its great bonfires at every corner, and its troops of revellers making merry around them. There was no talk in all England but of the new baby, Edward Tudor, Prince of Wales, who lay lapped in silks and satins, unconscious of all this fuss, and not knowing that great lords and ladies were tending him and watching over him–and not caring, either. But there was no talk about the other baby, Tom Canty, lapped in his poor rags, except among the family of paupers whom he had just come to trouble with his presence.

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