The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Ten – Vocabulary

Throughout The Prince and the Pauper, both Tom and Edward find themselves on literal and figurative journeys to get back to their old lives. So naturally, certain words that are synonymous with “path”, “track”, and “journey” come up many times throughout the story. Today our vocab word for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 10 is…


Keep reading or watch the video below for more information about the word ‘course’.



(n) the act or action of moving in a path from point to point

Can be literal or metaphorical

race course
golf course



  • Language of Origin: Latin
  • “cursus” a running; a journey; direction, track navigated by a ship; flow of a stream
  • “curs-” past participle stem of currere “to run”
  • Language of Origin: Old French
  • “cors” course; run, running; flow of a river

Sentences/Additional Forms

  • Straightforward sentence: The race course was marked with ribbons tied around trees.
  • Sentence from the chapter: “Therefore there was but one course to pursue—find his way to the Guildhall, make himself known, and denounce the impostor.” (p. 53)
  • Other forms: of course (adv.), courses, course (v)

But wait, there’s more!

Where did the idea for obstacle courses come from?

  • Originally started in the military – to build better soldiers
  • Date back to antiquity
  • Fitness picked up popularity in Europe in the 19th century
  • Georges Herbert (France) developed un parcours (early obstacle courses) at the turn of the 20th century

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