The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Eighteen – Vocabulary

There are some words that just automatically make a sentence feel fancy. A lot of those words have already been covered in previous blog posts because they show up in The Prince and the Pauper. Words like ‘thou’, and ‘knowest’ raise the status of a sentence or paragraph to a higher level. Today’s word has a similar power. Our vocab word for Chapter 18 is…


See what I mean? So fancy. Keep reading or watch the video below see how the word ‘prithee’ is used in The Prince and the Pauper.



(exclamation) please

Used to express a wish or request

I beg you



  • Language of Origin: English
  • altered/weakened form of the phrase (I) pray thee

Sentences/Additional Forms

  • Straightforward sentence: Prithee, take out the garbage before you go to work tomorrow.
  • Sentence from the chapter: “‘Thou’lt not beg!” exclaimed Hugo, eyeing the King with surprise. “Prithee, since when hast thou reformed?” (p. 112)
  • Other forms: none

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