The Prince and the Pauper (1882) represents Mark Twain's first attempt at historical fiction. The book, set in 1547, tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court, London, and Prince Edward son of Henry VIII of England. Due to a series of circumstances, the boys accidentally replace each other, and much of the humor in the book originates in the two boys' inability to function in the world that is so familiar to the other (although Tom soon displays considerable wisdom in his decisions). In many ways, the book is a social satire, particularly compelling in its condemnation of the inequality that existed between the classes in Tudor England. In that sense, Twain abandoned the wry Midwestern style for which he was best known and adopts a style reminiscent of Charles Dickens. (Summary from )
Long regarded as one of Vermont’s finest restaurants, The Prince & The Pauper now celebrates its 43rd year of excellence with our executive chef Lyda Lemire and proprietors Heidi Talbert and Vincent Talento. Our Prix Fixe Dinner Menu changes nightly and is inspired by flavors from around the globe. The Bistro Menu offers an eclectic selection of lighter fare, and both menus provide outstanding value and the same culinary excellence! We invite you to join us for a memorable evening. Our lounge opens for cocktails at 5:00 pm and dinner is served every evening beginning at 5:30 pm; 7 nights a week. You’ll find us at 24 Elm Street in the village of Woodstock, next to The Woodstock History Center (click here for directions ). Our Prix Fixe Menu is always available à la Carte. The Bistro Menu is available Sunday through Friday with the exception of certain holiday weekends and special occasions. We are often asked about our dress code, our response is “evening, dressy casual, jackets are not required.” We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.