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The Prince and The Pauper. Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (1881). Illustrated by William Hatherell (1909).

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. Illustrated by William Hatherell

Table of 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.

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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