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Prince and the Pauper (version 2)

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One day a poor boy, Tom, gets a little too near the gates of the palace. and the guards start to beat him. However the prince himself intervenes and invites Tom into the palace. They talk about their differences in life and how very similar they both are to one another in appearance. They decide to trade clothes for a few minutes to see what it is like. Still in Tom's clothes, the Prince, Edward, leaves the room for a few minutes, and the guards mistake him for the pauper, throwing him out of the palace!

Tom decides to try and act like the prince, not knowing what has happened to him. Everyone thinks the prince is ill, causing him to forget things, while the real prince struggles to survive in the streets of his own kingdom. This story is about all the adventures both have in the process.

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by Mark Twain

Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, to Lord Cromwell, on the birth of the Prince of Wales (afterward Edward VI.).

From the National Manuscripts preserved by the British Government.

Ryght honorable, Salutem in Christo Jesu, and Syr here ys no lesse joynge and rejossynge in thes partees for the byrth of our prynce, hoom we hungurde for so longe, then ther was (I trow), inter vicinos att the byrth of S. J. Baptyste, as thys berer, Master Erance, can telle you. Gode gyffe us alle grace, to yelde dew thankes to our Lorde Gode, Gode of Inglonde, for verely He hathe shoyd Hym selff Gode of Inglonde, or rather an Inglyssh Gode, yf we consydyr and pondyr welle alle Hys procedynges with us from tyme to tyme. He hath over cumme alle our yllnesse with Hys excedynge goodnesse, so that we are now moor then compellyd to serve Hym, seke Hys glory, promott Hys wurde, yf the Devylle of alle Devylles be natt in us. We have now the stooppe of vayne trustes ande the stey of vayne expectations; lett us alle pray for hys preservatione... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 6 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 22, 2015
i have this book for a class reading its an awesome way to read and do homework at the same time
Reviewer: - December 8, 2013
I loved this book even though at some points it can be boring. I liked how there was a little history and some fiction.
Reviewer: - November 7, 2013
I really liked this book. It's a classic "walk in my shoes for a mile, and you'll gladly take your own shoes back" type of book. It's also a bit of historical fiction and while it's heavier on the fiction than it is historical, I looked up King Edward after I read the book and he really did exist while most are already familiar with his father Henry VIII for the number and treatment of his wives.
October 29, 2013
I enjoyed hearing this. The readers have just the right expression and the story is both interesting and amusing. Just like one would expect from Mark Twain.
March 26, 2013
Great reading, I enjoyed it immensely.
October 28, 2012
Compelling story that is read well.

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