|Name of Prince/Pauper: _Steffie Ares__________________________
7th A English
While Tom presides at a sumptuous banquet, Edward pounds on the gates of Guildhall, denouncing Tom as a fraud and
proclaiming that he, Edward, is the rightful prince. Miles Hendon defends Edward from the crowd, but, as it seems he
will lose, a messenger from the palace declares King Henry VIII is dead, and Tom is proclaimed king. His first act as king
is to free the Duke of Norfolk.
How are Tom’s and the nobles’ view of London different from the one Edward experiences as a pauper?
Tom’s view of London is very different from Edward’s because first Tom is a frowzy little pauper who lives at Offal Court and no one likes him. One day he meets a prince and switches places with him and obviously becomes prince himself. Now everyone loves him and he has servants doing everything for him, someone even guides his chamber while he is sleeping. Edward is the complete opposite. He is the Prince of Wales and everyone adores him when one day we switches places with a pauper (Tom) but now he is mistreated and pushed around. He is noticing now how really plebeians live.
How does Tom’s partaking of the loving cup in the court differ from the one in the previous chapter?
Tom’s partaking of the loving cup in the court is different from the one in the previous chapter because in the previous chapter John Canty is obligated to drink from the loving cup by the waterman letting Edward escape from his commands. When Tom drank in chapter 11 it was because the loving cup was passed around during the ceremony like the protocol says.
How does Tom’s first act as king reflect his character?
Tom’s first act as a king is to make the law not a law of blood but a law of mercy and no pain or suffering. This demonstrates that Tom is a merciful, kind, respectful and gentle person which would do anything to make the world better.
• bawdkin (64): embroidered fabric made of woven silk and gold thread
• bawdricks (64): ornamental belts worn diagonally across the chest
• voyded (64): cut to show the garment underneath
• cannell-bone (64): collarbone
• mommarye (64): mummery, or mimed acting
Miles Hendon and Edward make use of the announcement to escape from the mob. Edward realizes he’s the king. As Hendon and Edward reach Hendon’s lodgings, Canty shows up to reclaim the boy. Hendon defends the boy against Canty and takes him into his home and vows to take care of him. After hearing Miles’ story, Edward vows to clear Miles’ name and proceeds to tell his own tale of misfortune. Miles still thinks Edward is crazy and vows to help him regain his health. Edward offers Miles his choice of rewards for saving him from the crowd.
• The practice of displaying the decapitated heads of treasoners on London Bridge began in the late 14th century and was not discontinued until the late 17th century.
Why does Miles Hendon take such good care of Edward even though he doesn’t think Edward is the king?
Miles takes such good care of Edward even though he thinks Edward is the king because he knows how it feels to have no one believing in what you say. For example Miles tells everyone he is a knight and he is so proud of it but no one believes him and Edward is telling everyone he is the king yet no one believes him either.
Why does Edward expect to be waited on? How does Miles react to Edward’s expectations?
Edward has learned the king is dead is knows that he is the king now even though is not in the castle. He then expects to be waited on. Miles feels really sorry for that kid because he thinks he is crazy but he tells Edward he will treat him as a friend so to play along the “game” Edward is playing Miles will call Edward my liege or also majesty to make him happy.
Why does Miles ask to sit in the presence of the king? Why is that a
Miles ask to sit in the king’s presence because he is trying to play the “game” Edward is playing. People also believed that sitting in the presence of the king was a huge honor because if they were not on the same degree of hierarchy they would not be allowed to sit because it would be very rude so while Edward is eating Miles stands.
Miles Hendon may well be Mark Twain’s homage to Cervantes’ Don Quixote de la Mancha. Discuss how each of these authors uses the courtly tradition for ironic and humanistic ends.
Don Quixote was an old man who was a knight and would ride on his donkey until he would find damsels in distress and would save them. He would not only same damsels in distress but also other people. Miles Hendon is like Don Quixote because even if he is not a knight anymore and is old he still is generous and kind enough to save people from danger like he is saving Edward from John Canty.
1. Research the legends of London Bridge and the uses of London Bridge as a deterrent to treason and other crimes. Bring your answers to class on Tuesday, May 8, Day 5.
“By the mass, the little beggar takes to one’s quarters and usurps one’s bed with as natural and easy a grace as if he owned them—with never a by-your-leave or so-please-it-you, or anything of the sort.” (71).
“And so I am become a knight of the Kingdom of Dreams and Shadows!” (77)
Edward demands that Miles help him undress and takes his bed for the third night in a row. Miles takes pity on Edward’s insanity and goes out to buy the boy some new clothes, even though Miles doesn’t have much money. He buys clothes
with holes in them, planning to stitch them up.
Miles returns to find Edward gone and discovers through a bumbling servant that a young man accompanied by a “ruffian” came to get the boy, claiming that Miles had sent them to get Edward. Miles realizes it is Canty, who claims Edward
is his son Tom.
• The Tabard in Southwark, where Miles plans to take Edward, is most famous for being the meeting place of the pilgrims in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
Why does Miles think bigger stitches are better? Where in our culture do we think “bigger is better”?
Miles thinks bigger stitches are better because he thinks they make the garment looks richer and he thinks better is nobler. Nowadays we think that the more we have of something the better it is.
2. Why is Canty so determined to get “Tom” back?
John Canty wants to get Tom back because he wants money. To get money John Canty plays tricks on people and
also makes his son beg even though he is not allowed yet if he has no son to help him play tricks on people and beg, he will not make money anymore.
• Athwart (78) from side to side; crosswise
• Betwixt (79) between
• Plebeian (80) citizen-sometimes paupers
• trussed (80) to tie, bind, or fasten.
• cozened (80) to mislead