The Prince and the Pauper - Chapter 28

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The Prince and the Pauper - Chapter 28
Miles Hendon is sentenced to the stocks. The King expresses his great dissatisfaction with this and is himself threatened with a half dozen lashes. Miles begs to let Edward go and offers to take the stripes. Sir Hugh is well pleased with this and says lay on an honest dozen. For this great sacrifice the King dubs Miles an Earl. Of this honor Miles says to himself, "Better these poor mock dignities of mine, that come unasked, from a clean hand and a right spirit, than real ones bought by servility from grudging and interested power."
 

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