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Summary of The Prince And The Pauper

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Summary of The Prince And The Pauper

One of the two boys is the male heir to the throne of England, Edward Tudor, son of Henry VIII. The other boy is Tom Canty, the son of a beggar and thief. Coincidentally, Tom Canty and Edward Tudor were born in London on the same day.

Tom Canty lives in one of London's poorest neighborhoods. He is forced by his father to go out begging everyday, and he is beaten severely if he returns nothing. however,Father Andrew,tells him tales about the nobility, and instructs him in morality, reading, writing, and Latin. Tom Canty imaginatively relives in his daydreams.

One day, Tom's daydreaming leads him out of the city of London, past the palaces of the rich, and finally to Westminster, where he sees Edward Tudor inside a fence. Simultaneously, the prince notices Tom when he sees a soldier roughly pulling the young boy away from the fence; the prince rebukes the soldier and invites Tom into the palace. Each of the boys is fascinated by the other's life. To get a "feeling" of the other's life, they exchange clothing and discover that they look like the same When the prince discovers a bruise on Tom's hand, he rushes out of the palace to rebuke the guard. The guard immediately puts him out of the gates for believing that the prince is the pauper and Edward Tudor begins to experience the life of a commoner and Tom Canty to live the life of a real prince.

Edward is mocked by the crowd around the royal gate and has several dogs set upon him because he asserts that he is the son of the king and prince of Wales. Edward wanders around and has no idea where to go until he is finally found by John Canty, Tom's father

In the meantime, young Tom Canty has been left in the prince's royal apartment. At first, he enjoys the luxury of his surroundings, but he becomes increasingly apprehensive about what will happen to him if he is discovered faked. The Lady Jane Grey talks with him and becomes very confused about Tom's behavior; the news that that the prince is mad spread in the palace.

After talking with his "son," Henry VIII gives some orders for better arranging his heir.

Tom, in order to act like a real prince, learns a lot, for example, dinner manner, etiquette of the English court, and parade along the Thames River

The scene then turns to the Prince of Wales, who is under control of John Canty. He is brought to a dirty room where the Cantys live, and the neighbours mock his mad delusion that he is the Prince of Wales; later, he is beaten because he brought no money http://doc.xuehai.nette that night. The prince manages to slip away from old Canty. While Tom dines with the nobility and watches the pageantry of the dinner, the real prince stands outside the Guildhall, trying to get in, and asserting that he is the

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