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August 9, 2021  

The Prince and the Pauper - Chapter XXXIII - CONCLUSION - Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper

Chapter XXXIII - CONCLUSION - Mark Twain

Miles Hendon was picturesque enough before he got into the riot on London Bridge—he was more so when he got out of it.  He had but little money when he got in, none at all when he got out.  The pickpockets had stripped him of his last farthing.
But no matter, so he found his boy.  Being a soldier, he did not go at his task in a random way, but set to work, first of all, to arrange his campaign.
What would the boy naturally do?  Where would he naturally go?

August 8, 2021  

The Prince and the Pauper - Chapter XXXII - Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper

Chapter XXXII - Mark Twain

Let us go backward a few hours, and place ourselves in Westminster Abbey, at four o'clock in the morning of this memorable Coronation Day.  We are not without company; for although it is still night, we find the torch-lighted galleries already filling up with people who are well content to sit still and wait seven or eight hours till the time shall come for them to see what they may not hope to see twice in their lives—the coronation of a King.  Yes, London and Westminster have been astir ever since the warning guns boomed at three o'clock, and already crowds of untitled rich folk who have bought the privilege of trying to find sitting-room in the galleries are flocking in at the entrances reserved for their sort.

August 7, 2021  

The Prince and the Pauper - Chapter XXXI - Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper

Chapter XXXI - Mark Twain

When Tom Canty awoke the next morning, the air was heavy with a thunderous murmur:  all the distances were charged with it.  It was music to him; for it meant that the English world was out in its strength to give loyal welcome to the great day.
Presently Tom found himself once more the chief figure in a wonderful floating pageant on the Thames; for by ancient custom the 'recognition procession' through London must start from the Tower, and he was bound thither.

August 6, 2021  

The Prince and the Pauper - Chapters XXVIII, XXIX, and XXX - Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper

Chapters XXVIII, XXIX, and XXX - Mark Twain

Meantime Miles was growing sufficiently tired of confinement and inaction.  But now his trial came on, to his great gratification, and he thought he could welcome any sentence provided a further imprisonment should not be a part of it.  But he was mistaken about that.  He was in a fine fury when he found himself described as a 'sturdy vagabond' and sentenced to sit two hours in the stocks for bearing that character and for assaulting the master of Hendon Hall.  His pretensions as to brothership with his prosecutor, and rightful heirship to the Hendon honours and estates, were left contemptuously unnoticed, as being not even worth examination.

August 5, 2021  

The Prince and the Pauper - Chapters XXVI and XXVII - Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper

Chapters XXVI and XXVII - Mark Twain

The King sat musing a few moments, then looked up and said—
"'Tis strange—most strange.  I cannot account for it."
"No, it is not strange, my liege.  I know him, and this conduct is but natural.  He was a rascal from his birth."
"Oh, I spake not of HIM, Sir Miles."
"Not of him?  Then of what?  What is it that is strange?"
"That the King is not missed."
"How?  Which?  I doubt I do not understand."
"Indeed?  Doth it not strike you as being passing strange that the land is not filled with couriers and proclamations describing my person and making search for me?  Is it no matter for commotion and distress that the Head of the State is gone; that I am vanished away and lost?"

August 4, 2021  

The Prince and the Pauper - Chapters XXIV and XXV - Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper

Chapters XXIV and XXV - Mark Twain

The short winter day was nearly ended.  The streets were deserted, save for a few random stragglers, and these hurried straight along, with the intent look of people who were only anxious to accomplish their errands as quickly as possible, and then snugly house themselves from the rising wind and the gathering twilight. They looked neither to the right nor to the left; they paid no attention to our party, they did not even seem to see them. Edward the Sixth wondered if the spectacle of a king on his way to jail had ever encountered such marvellous indifference before.

August 3, 2021  

The Prince and the Pauper - Chapters XXII and XXIII - Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper

Chapters XXII and XXIII - Mark Twain

Once more 'King Foo-foo the First' was roving with the tramps and outlaws, a butt for their coarse jests and dull-witted railleries, and sometimes the victim of small spitefulness at the hands of Canty and Hugo when the Ruffler's back was turned.  None but Canty and Hugo really disliked him.  Some of the others liked him, and all admired his pluck and spirit.  During two or three days, Hugo, in whose ward and charge the King was, did what he covertly could to make the boy uncomfortable; and at night, during the customary orgies, he amused the company by putting small indignities upon him—always as if by accident.

August 2, 2021  

The Prince and the Pauper - Chapters XX and XXI - Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper

Chapters XX and XXI - Mark Twain

The high hedge hid him from the house, now; and so, under the impulse of a deadly fright, he let out all his forces and sped toward a wood in the distance.  He never looked back until he had almost gained the shelter of the forest; then he turned and descried two figures in the distance. That was sufficient; he did not wait to scan them critically, but hurried on, and never abated his pace till he was far within the twilight depths of the wood. Then he stopped; being persuaded that he was now tolerably safe. He listened intently, but the stillness was profound and solemn—awful, even, and depressing to the spirits.

August 1, 2021  

The Prince and the Pauper - Chapters XVIII and XIX - Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper

Chapters XVIII and XIX - Mark Twain

The troop of vagabonds turned out at early dawn, and set forward on their march.  There was a lowering sky overhead, sloppy ground under foot, and a winter chill in the air.  All gaiety was gone from the company; some were sullen and silent, some were irritable and petulant, none were gentle-humoured, all were thirsty.
The Ruffler put 'Jack' in Hugo's charge, with some brief instructions, and commanded John Canty to keep away from him and let him alone; he also warned Hugo not to be too rough with the lad.

July 31, 2021  

The Prince and the Pauper - Chapter XVII - Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper

Chapter XVII - Mark Twain

Miles Hendon hurried along toward the Southwark end of the bridge, keeping a sharp look-out for the persons he sought, and hoping and expecting to overtake them presently.  He was disappointed in this, however.  By asking questions, he was enabled to track them part of the way through Southwark; then all traces ceased, and he was perplexed as to how to proceed.  Still, he continued his efforts as best he could during the rest of the day.

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