Адаптированная книга на английском языке » The Prince and the Pauper». Аудиокнига на английском.
Tom Canty was very poor. He and his family were paupers. There were a great many paupers in Londonin the year 1547. Sometimes the father of the family couldn’t work, and they were paupers for that reason. But Tom Canty’s father didn’t want to work. He and his wife and his mother and his three children all lived in one room in an old house in the poorest part of London. The children had no beds; they slept on the floor.
There were two girls, Bet and Nan, and one boy, Tom. Canty never did any work: every day he sent out his three children to beg for money in the streets. They had to stand at the side of the road and say, «Please give a penny to a poor child!» If they didn’t bring money to John Canty in the evening he beat them and gave them no food.
It was a very unhappy life for the children..
Father Andrewlived in the same house. He had a little room at the back of the house. He was a very learned man. Tom went to sit with Father Andrew every day, and Father Andrew told him stories about kings and princes.
Tom said, «I want to be like a prince. I want to speak nicely, as princes do; and I want to learn Latin, because princes learn Latin.» So Father Andrew taught Tom how to speak nicely and how to be like a prince, and he taught him Latin.
When Tom was with other boys he played at being a prince. Sometimes the boys laughed at him and called him Prince Tom, but they liked him. They played by the river and went swimming in the water. Tom could swim very well.
The King of England at that time was King Henry the Eighth.He had one son, Edward. Prince Edward would be king when his father died.
King Henry the Eighth lived in Westminster Palace in London.
Father Andrew said to Tom: ‘You should go to Westminster Palace and see a real prince. Prince Edward is the king’s son. He lives there, and perhaps one day you would see him.»
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