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Did Tom Canty never feel troubled about the poor little rightful prince who had
treated him so kindly, and flown out with such hot zeal to avenge him upon the
insolent sentinel at the palace gate? Yes; his first royal days and nights were
pretty well sprinkled with painful thoughts about the lost prince, and with
sincere longings for his return and happy restoration to his native rights and

But as time wore on, and the prince did not come, Tomís mind became more and
more occupied with his new and enchanting experiences, and by little and little
the vanished monarch faded almost out of his thoughts; and finally, when he did
intrude upon them at intervals, he was become an unwelcome specter, for he
made Tom feel guilty and ashamed.

Tomís poor mother and sisters traveled the same road out of his mind. At first he
pined for them, sorrowed for them, longed to see them; but later, the thought of
their coming some day in their rags and dirt, and betraying him with their
kisses, and pulling him down from his lofty place and dragging him back to
penury and degradation and the slums, made him shudder. At last they ceased
to trouble his thoughts almost wholly. And he was content, even glad; for,
whenever their mournful and accusing faces did rise before him now, they made
him feel more despicable than the worms that crawl.

At midnight of the 19 th of February, Tom Canty was sinking to sleep in his rich
bed in the palace, guarded by his loyal vassals, and surrounded by the pomps of
royalty, a happy boy; for to-morrow was the day appointed for his solemn
crowning as king of England. At that same hour, Edward, the true king, hungry
and thirsty, soiled and draggled, worn with travel, and clothed in rags and
shredshis share of the results of the riot-was wedged in among a crowd of
people who were watching with deep interest certain hurrying gangs of
workmen who streamed in and out of Westminster Abbey, busy as ants; they
were making the last preparation for the royal coronation.
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