The birth of the Prince and the Pauper.
In the ancient city of London, on a certain autumn day in the second quarter of the sixteenth century, a boy
was born to a poor family of the name of Canty, who did not want him. On the same day another English
child was born to a rich family of the name of Tudor, who did want him. All England wanted him too.
England had so longed for him, and hoped for him, and prayed God for him, that, now that he was really
come, the people went nearly mad for joy. Mere acquaintances hugged and kissed each other and cried.
Everybody took a holiday, and high and low, rich and poor