1st women: I have walked all morning just to get a glimpse of the Westminster palace. Tom: I have always dreamed of seeing a real prince (Excited, he presses his nose against gate.)
1st guard: Mine your manners you young beggar! (seizes tom by his collar and sends him sprawling into crowd. Villagers laugh, as tom slowly gets to his feet.) Prince: (rushing to gates). How dare you treat a poor subject in such a manner! Open the gates and let him in! (As villagers see Prince, they take off their hats and bow low.)
Prince: (to Tom). You look tired, and you have been treated cruelly. I am Edward, Prince of Whales. What is your name? Tom: (looking around in awe). Tom Canty, your Highness.
Prince: We shall change places. You can take off your rags and put on my clothes--and i will put on yours. (He leads Tom behind screen, and they return shortly, each wearing the others clothes.) Lets look at ourselves in this mirror. ( Leads Tom to mirror) Tom: Oh, your highness, its not proper for me to wear such clothes.
Prince: (excitedly, as he looks in mirror). Heavens, do you not see it? We look like brothers! We have the same features and bearing. If alike, there is no one who could say which the Prince of whales and which is Tom Canty!
Tom: (drawing back and rubbing his hand). Your Highness, I am frightened... Prince: (seeing tom rub his hand).