Адаптированная книга на английском языке «The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain».
I am going to tell you a story that took place many, many years ago. It was told to me by my father, who heard it from his father. And his father had heard it from his father… and so on. For three hundred years and more, the fathers had told it to their sons.
I do not know, whether it is history, or only legend. But the story says that it happened in the second quarter of the sixteenth century.
In the old city of London, on a cold autumn day two boys were born. One boy was born to a poor family of the name of Canty, who did not want him. The other English child was born to a rich family of the name of Tudor. The Tudor family wanted the boy very much.
All England wanted him too, that is why it was a happy day for the people of England. Everybody took a holiday. Nobody wanted to work. The rich and the poor celebrated this great holiday. For several days and nights the people danced and sang in the streets and squares of London.
Everybody talked only about the new baby, Edward Tudor, Prince of Wales. He lay in silks and did not know that he made the people of England so happy. He did not know anything about the bright illumination or about beautiful banners hanging from every balcony.
But nobody talked about the other baby, Tom Canty. He lay in his poor rags and did not know that the Canty family, the family of paupers, did not want him. They did not want him at all. Nobody wanted Tom Canty, the son of John Canty.
Several years passed. London was fifteen hundred years old, and was a great town — for that time. A hundred thousand people lived in it. The streets were narrow and dirty, especially in the part where the Canty family lived, which was not far from London Bridge.
Tom spent his early years in a very old and dirty house. It was made of wood like all the other houses in that street, and like all the other houses it had small and dirty windows. The street was called Offal Court. The house was full of poor families. Tom’s family had one room on the third floor.
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