"Tom Canty, sir. I live in Offal Court, out of Pudding Lane."
What is your name and wear are you from, lad?
I have parents, sir. I also have 2 twin-sisters named Bet and Nan. I don't like my grandmother and father because they mistreat me and beat me.
BEAT YOU! Such a small frail thing.
Who are your parents and your family?
I know not if I am or not, sir. The good priest that is called Father Andrew taught me, of his kindness, from his books.
Learn it, lad: 'tis hard only at first.
Thou speaketh well. Art learned?
We lads of Offal Court do strive against each other with the cudgel. We strive in races, sir, to see who of us shall be fleetest. "In summer, sir, we wade and swim in the canals and in the river, and each doth duck his neighbour, and splatter him with water, etc.
But tell me of thy Offal Court. Hast thou a pleasant life there?
And if that I could clothe me once, sweet sir, as thou art clad-just once.
Oh, prithee, say no more, 'tis glorious! If that I could but clothe me in raiment like to thine, and strip my feet, and revel in the mud once, just once, with none to rebuke me or forbid.
I daren't say.
Then I shall. Thou hast the same hair, the same eyes, the same voice and manner, the same form and stature, the same face and countenance that I bear. Fared we forth naked, there is none could say which was you, and which the Prince of Wales.