In chapter 10 of Mark Twain's novel The Prince and the Pauper, Tom's brutal father, John Canty, is about to use his cudgel to beat the prince. A man in the crowd stops him from hitting the child and Canty, in a rage, beats the man on the head with his cudgel instead. The man falls to the ground, and Canty takes the prince home. It is there that the prince reveals his true identity to the family, who do not believe him and remain convinced that he is Tom and has lost his mind.
Eventually, the prince goes to sleep and forgets what has happened to him. When he wakes, he thinks he is back in the palace and starts calling for his groom. At this point, someone knocks at the door and gives the family the news that the man John Canty hit the day before was Father Andrew, the kindly priest who taught Tom to read and told him stories. Father Andrew has been seriously wounded and is now on the point of dying. Canty therefore realizes that he is in danger of being hanged for murder. He gathers together his family and, five minutes later, they are running down the street, fleeing for their lives.