The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Twenty-One – Fun Fact

In Chapter 21, Edward finds himself in a tricky situation. He’s being held captive by the hermit, and appears to have no way of escaping. If only he had read this blog post, maybe he could have gotten free! Today’s Fun Fact for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 21 focuses on…


Keep reading or watch the video below for more information.

Reference in The Prince and the Pauper

“He finished with a gasp; and at once fell to struggling so frantically with his bonds again, that he shook off the smothering sheepskin.” (p. 136)

At the end of Chapter 20, the hermit tied Edward up while he was sleeping with the intention of killing him before the morning comes (after realizing his father was responsible for crushing his life aspirations). Throughout Chapter 21, Edward struggles to free himself from the bonds, unsuccessfully.

How to Escape Ropes

  1. When getting tied up, make yourself as big as possible.
  2. Once the captors are gone, shrink yourself back down as much as possible.
  3. Work your hands to to loosen the rope/knots (stretch, push, move arms up and down, etc.)

Other Helpful Tips

  • Use a pointed object that sticks out (like a spike or hook) to help work the ropes loose.
  • Free your hands first.
  • If gagged, rub your face or head against a wall or furniture to slip it over your chin.

Video Demonstration

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