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In The Prince and the Pauper, how do Edward and Tom adjust to their new lives?

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Tom the pauper and Prince Edward have completely different backgrounds. They were both born on the same day and even resembled each other, but Tom was not wanted by his family while Edward was the much awaited prince. Tom accepted his way of life because he knew of no other way, until Father Andrew opened him up to the different side, so much that Tom began to wish for better. Prince Edward, on the other hand, had issues of his own, and although he had a comfortable lifestyle he lacked the freedom to enjoy his life like Tom did. Tom and Edward met and shortly exchanged clothes which led to Edward being mistaken for Tom, and chased from the royal palace in spite of his resistance.

Tom had problems settling into the royal life although it was the type of lifestyle that he desired after reading Father Andrew’s books. However, he made an effort to learn the ways of the royal court and to fit in. Edward never got to settle in the life of being a pauper and had a hard time fitting in the...

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