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If you possessed Kingly riches, where your coffers will never be empty during your lifetime, how would you use the abundance of funds at your fingertips?
Untold billions viewed money throughout history as being a source of power. Would you disagree with such an assessment?
Whether you would or not, the strong desire to acquire money and power have at times changed people personalities.
However, the wise men and women who possess both realize it is vital for them never to lose their humanity.
Humanity is synonymous with compassion, sympathy, and understanding.
Profound Reading on Mark Twain Classic
The Prince and Pauper
Author Mark Twain
Public Domain Literature (Published in 1881-82)
A story that has been told and written over the years about a prince. And a pauper; a very poor person.
In some classes, it has been considered required reading in abridged or whole form for decades.
You may find this classic story resonates with you as it once did a young lad; so much so, that the lad still recalls a heartfelt lesson learned by both the prince and the pauper. What effect did their experience have upon them?
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Be informed of this significant note. The English and vocabulary in the Prince and the Pauper consist of archaic (Outdated) phrases and idioms – expressions, dialect, or style of speaking in culture or time period. Today, writers rarely use Mark Twain’s storytelling style; if ever.
I will do the legwork for you in some cases by providing the definition or idiom meaning in aesthetically pleasing ways. The Product of Culture website is pleased to bring you this Mark Twain’s classic: The Prince and the Pauper
Chapter 1 The Prince and the Pauper
Word Meanings: Did you know gay in its original first form of usage meant happiness and cheerfulness?
Let us begin:
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.
People to Remember
“Think about their names and station in life.”
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The English and vocabulary in the Prince and the Pauper consist of archaic (outdated) phrases and idioms (expressions, dialect, or style of speaking in culture or time period). Today, writers rarely use Mark Twain’s story telling style; if ever.
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