By Mark Twain
Evoking existence in a small Mississippi River city, Tom Sawyer is Twain's hymn to the safe and outstanding international of boyhood and experience.
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My, he's pretty stiff. " "Good for? " "No! Is that so? " "I bet you don't. " "Spunk-water! " "You wouldn't, wouldn't you? " "No, I hain't. " Page 31 Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain "Why, he told Jeff Thatcher, and Jeff told Johnny Baker, and Johnny told Jim Hollis, and Jim told Ben Rogers, and Ben told a nigger, and the nigger told me. " "Well, what of it? They'll all lie. Leastways all but the nigger. I don't know HIM. But I never see a nigger that WOULDN'T lie. Shucks! " "Yes. " "I don't reckon he did.
Don't you stir nor budge. He Page 48 Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain ain't sharp enough to notice us. " "All right, I'll keep still. Now they're stuck. Can't find it. Here they come again. Now they're hot. Cold again. Hot again. Red hot! They're p'inted right, this time. " "That's so -- that murderin' half-breed! I'd druther they was devils a dern sight. " The whisper died wholly out, now, for the three men had reached the grave and stood within a few feet of the boys' hiding-place. "Here it is," said the third voice; and the owner of it held the lantern up and revealed the face of young Doctor Robinson.
And always after this, you know, you ain't ever to love anybody but me, and you ain't ever to marry anybody but me, ever never and forever. " "Certainly. Of course. That's PART of it. " "It's so nice. " "Oh, it's ever so gay! Why, me and Amy Lawrence --" The big eyes told Tom his blunder and he stopped, confused. "Oh, Tom! " The child began to cry. " Tom tried to put his arm about her neck, but she pushed him away and turned her face to the wall, and went on crying. Tom tried again, with soothing words in his mouth, and was repulsed again.