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The Prince and the Pauper: Original & Unabridged

The Prince and the Pauper tells the tale of two boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father, and Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII. Tom Canty (youngest son of a family living with the dregs of society in Offal Court off Pudding Lane in London) has always aspired to a better life, encouraged by the local priest (who has taught him to read and write). Loitering around the palace gates one day, he sees a prince (the Pest (who has taught him to read and write). Loitering around the palace gates one day, he sees a prince (the Prince of Wales – Edward VI). Tom is nearly caught and beaten by the Royal Guards; however, Edward stops them and invites Tom into his palace chamber. There the two boys get to know one another, fascinated by each other's life and their uncanny resemblance. They decide to switch clothes “temporarily”. Edward leaves in a hurry before the boys are caught at their game. Soon Prince Edward is trying to escape the brutality of Tom’s abusive drunken father. Tom, posing as the prince, tries to cope with court customs and manners. read more