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.
Tom Canty was a rare begger who was literate due to the efforts of a local priest, and he hangs around the palace gates looking in on the 'other half'. One day, Tom is caught and nearly beaten by the Royal Guards but for the intervention of Prince Edward, who invites Tom into his chambers.
The two talk, and are amazed by each other's lifestyle, each impressed with the other -- and with the uncanny resemblance the two share.
They decide to trade clothes, and lives, temporarily. Before Edward leaves for the streets, he hides the Great Seal of England.
Presently, Prince Edward's effort is going into his escape from Tom's drunken and abusive father; Tom, attempting to cope with court life, has the nobles and servants in the palace thinking he has lost his memory and fearing he has lost his mind.
They drill him constantly about the Great Seal, but he knows nothing about it. When he is asked to sit in on judgements, however, his common-sense observations and keen judgment assure them that he is of sound mind.
On the outside, Edward encounters Miles Hendon, a solder and nobleman coming home from a war. Miles 'humors' Edward's claims of royalty and becomes his protector. Edward experience the harsh injustice and punitive nature of the judicial system, seeing the poor convicted of almost anything on the flimsiest of excuses and punished by branding or hanging for very petty offenses.
He vows to reign with mercy when he regains his rightful place. After a series of misadventures, Edward manages to interrupt the coronation just as Tom is about to be crowned the King of England.
When he explains the situation to the court, no one believes him until he easily retrieves the Great Seal of England he had previously hidden.
Tom is made the King's Ward, Miles is awarded with the rank of Earl and the privilege of sitting in the King's presence a very big deal.
Everyone lives happily for some time, until Edward died young a narrative element forced by the fact that the historical King Edward really did die at a young age. Read questions and answers from fellow students below. If you're question hasn't already been asked, ask it now.The Prince and the Pauper is a novel by American author Mark Twain.
It was first published in in Canada, before its publication in the United States. The novel represents Twain's first attempt at historical fiction. Set in , it tells the story of two young boys who are identical in /5. Jul 04, · I need to write a 5 paragraph book report on it, and though I read the book I'm not sure how to sum it up to make a thesis statement.
What is the moral of The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain?
I need to write a 5 paragraph book report on it, and though I read the book I'm not sure how to sum it up to make a thesis statement Status: Resolved. The Prince and the Pauper Summary.
BACK; NEXT ; How It All Goes Down. On a magical day in London, two boys are born into two different families, and they just happen to look exactly like one another.
One boy, Tom Canty, is poor.
The other boy, Prince Edward of Wales, is obviously rich. The Prince and the Pauper Lesson Plans include daily lessons, fun activities, essay topics, test/quiz questions, and more.
Everything you need to teach The Prince and the Pauper. The Prince and the Pauper is Twain's most carefully plotted novel, but unlike Twain's greater novels (such as Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer), where there is a great deal of character development, in this novel the characters are scarcely developed at all; instead, they are used largely as pawns to move the plot forward.
Therefore, the main . On the same day two boys are born: the pauper Tom and prince Edward. As a kid, Tom sneaks into the palace garden and meets the prince.
They change clothes with each other but the guards discover them and throw out the prince, since they are almost identical.