Awesome / The Prince and the Pauper

Twain's Novel

  • Tom Canty, while acting as King, acquits a peasant woman accused of raising a storm through witchcraft in a way that only a small boy would stumble upon.
    Tom: Exert thy power! I would see a storm!... (protestations from the accused) Make a storm - it mattereth not how small a one - I require naught great or harmful, but indeed prefer the opposite - do this and thy life is spared - thou shalt go out free, with thy child, bearing the king's pardon... (further protestations) I think the woman hath said true. An my mother were in her place and gifted with the devil's functions, she had not stayed a moment to call her storms and lay the whole land in ruins, if the saving of my forfeit life were the price she got!
  • Sir Hugh decides to have the Prince whipped and thrown into the stocks for disrespecting him. Miles begs to take these punishments onto himself, and the vindictive Sir Hugh is happy enough to do so.
    Prince Edward: Kings cannot ennoble thee, thou good, great soul, for One who is higher than kings hath done that for thee; but a king can confirm thy nobility to men.

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