In the novel The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, Offal Court is literally an awful place. It is not far from London Bridge and is comprised of "very narrow, crooked, and dirty streets." Tom Canty lives in a dreadful house that Twain describes as a "foul little pocket" on Offal Court (Chapter II). Even though all the houses are three stories, each story juts out over the other in an odd manner. Tom's entire family lives in one room on the third floor in one of these houses. Tom's house is "small, decayed, and rickety" (Chapter II).
You would not want to live on Offal Court because its inhabitants are beggars, thieves, and drunks. This includes Tom's father, John Canty, who is a thief and Tom's grandmother who is a beggar. As well, both his father and grandmother are drunks. Twain calls them fiends. Brawls are commonplace, and they occur every night. Even worse, these fights take place all night long. Everyone who lives on this street is wretchedly poor and hungry. Offal Court is a horrible place in the most sordid area of London. Tom can only escape the reality of Offal Court through his daydreams and imagination.