Prince and the Pauper Essay

Download this Essay in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from Essay:

Mark Twain, The Prince and the Pauper

Calais, France

Anno Domini 1544,

October the First

My dear Hugh,

It is with a heavy heart that I take up quill and inkpot to pen this sad missive, informing thee of the death of Miles thy brother during that recent battle between his majesty our most puissant sovereign King Henry the Eighth and his sworn enemy, that perifidious frog the Dauphin of France, which did of late take place in pitched battle at Boulogne-sur-Mer in the month of August, in the year of our lord 1544.

As doubtless thou hast heard at Hendon Hall, in the heat of summer His Majesty did command His Grace the Duke of Norfolk to raise the engines of siege so as to break the will of the French garrison in that wretched town, so close to the Channel which doth separate our blessed England from the continent. His grace of Norfolk did muster and conscript a tremendous host from the shires and hamlets of Albion and among their number was young Miles, whose very name he did remark to had destined him for a soldier. 'Twas folly indeed though that Miles should have gone to France when still so green in years. Yet he did sign a military commission, and to France with him I did go, and all the English force.

The conflict was no glorious martial scene but a mess of filth and blood, as the scaffolds and catapults were erected outside the town, and sappers skilled in the art of piercing fortifications were summoned to break the French line of defense. Yet the perfidious Dauphin had commanded a dozen skilled bowmen to rise to the parapets and stop the English advance: with coarse jests and taunts they did mock the English forces from that height, and His Grace of Norfolk bid the catapults be loaded, whereupon the bowmen let fly with a volley of arrows. 'Twas such an one that clip't thy brother Miles by the side of the neck, severing a vein to let the life pour forth. He died in my arms and bid me tell thee of his love for family and England both, and his eternal detestation of the French.

I can thus aver that thy brother died a hero, bearing the standards and colors of His Majesty's host. I trust that thou shalt remember him in thy orisons, and perhaps thou mayst erect at Hendon Hall a cenotaph to his eternal memory. I hope, dear Hugh, that the burden of inheriting thy brother's titles and estates is not too great for thou to bear. But they are all thine now, as is Hendon Hall.


For the feast of All Hallows' Eve, it is expected that young persons will garb themselves in festive raiment and fancy dress, and go about in disguise. And so I did, disguising myself as that titled aristocrat herself, no stranger to controversy, Lady Gaga (who, it is said, inherited her title upon the death of the hereditary Lord Gaga some years back).

And so it was that on Hallowe'en I found myself magnificently habited in remarkable attire, designed to mimic that outrage of couture which is known to followers of her Ladyship as "the meat dress": because my coiffure cannot match that of her Ladyship, I did wear a wig of blond locks of platinum hue, adorned atop with a rosette made from red satin, upholstered and shaped so as to resemble a rosette of freshest beefsteak: then a choker of the rarest rhinestones was placed round my throat, with bracelets to match on either wrist, so that whatever illumination did reach them exploded in a blinding flash.

And then came the garment itself -- fearing the cold slither of actual ribeyes and t-bones stitched together to clothe my nakedness, this meat was made of plastic imitation filets-mignons and bunched and upholstered satin in rich hues of blood red, and a pink most rare (or medium rare), and ribbons of pristine white to mimic those generous slabs of fat which mottle and marble the hue of butcher's beef. This selfsame mock-meat satin was swathed round my platform boots as well, to add six inches to my height as surely as her ladyship uses it to reach closer to…[continue]

Cite This Essay:

"Prince And The Pauper" (2011, February 25) Retrieved December 10, 2016, from

"Prince And The Pauper" 25 February 2011. Web.10 December. 2016. <>

"Prince And The Pauper", 25 February 2011, Accessed.10 December. 2016,

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • Prince and the Pauper What

    The situation is humorous because in his disguise the prince has no power. How does appearance affect the way both Edward and Tom are treated? How do they react to the way they are treated: How do "clothes make the man" in today's Society? How do people react to outward appearances? The change in appearance the two boys make merely changes their lives and the way in which they are perceived

  • Daily Life In Fact it

    In this novel, class has more to do with breeding and background than it does with simple wealth. Class is a complex concept, and this has made it very difficult to negotiate shifts and changes in one's class status. The Great Gatsby illustrates that class is capable of producing deep-seated prejudices that cannot simply be altered by external factors like money. Another very famous novel that affirms these class divisions

  • Twain s Good Little Boy Twain s

    " In it, he showed a poor boy and a rich boy (the Prince), who exchanged places and found that they each preferred to live in the life to which they had been born. Still, each learned from the other's life and the outcome was not what the Sunday School books had all written. The rich Prince "lived only a few years," but he lived them worthily. In conclusion, Mark Twain

  • Crisis in Canada Are the

    In 2000 legislation was presented by Ralph Klein to the legislature, demanding that provinces be permitted to allow private hospitals. That same year, more budget cuts slammed the health systems, when the "Federal Budget offers 2 cents for health care for every dollar of tax cuts." (Health Coalition) in 2002 the Romanow Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada was created to investigate the health-care situation

  • Mark Twain Biography

    She was 24 when she died and Twain never lived in the house again (Literature 1835-1910, n.d). Like many authors that lived in his day, Twain had very little formal education. His education was obtained in the print shops and newspaper offices where he worked as a boy. By the time he was 18, he had served an apprenticeship as a printer at his brother Orion's paper and written a

  • Economic Impact of Online Identity

    The onus of who is responsible, the consumer, the private institutions, or even the government will come into question. A brief revue of the history of the credit card is also in order since the use of "plastic" money has certainly contributed to the identity theft crisis. Past and current legislation will be analyzed regarding this new crime in both its cyber and analog presentations. Lastly, an opinion and

  • Classism and Racism Literature Is

    "It was a curious childhood, full of weird, fantastic impressions and contradictory influences, stimulating alike to the imagination and that embryo philosophy of life which begins almost with infancy." Paine 14) His consummate biography written in 1912, just after his death claims that Clemens spent the majority of his childhood in the company of his siblings, and the family slaves as his parents where often otherwise engaged, his father and

Read Full Essay
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved