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Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain

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Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Project Gutenberg EBook Adventures of Tom Sawyer, By Twain,
Complete

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Title: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete
Author: Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Release Date: July 1993 [EBook #0074] [This file was last updated on

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Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK TOM SAWYER,
COMPLETE ***
This eBook was updated by Jose Menendez and David Widger
[widger@cecomet.net] from the Internet Wiretap production of July 1993
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER BY MARK TWAIN (Samuel
Langhorne Clemens)
P RE F A CE

MOST of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two
were experiences of my own, the rest those of boys who were schoolmates
of mine. Huck Finn is drawn from life; Tom Sawyer also, but not from an
individual\u2212\u2212he is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I
knew, and therefore belongs to the composite order of architecture.

The odd superstitions touched upon were all prevalent among children and slaves in the West at the period of this story\u2212\u2212that is to say, thirty or forty years ago.

Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and
girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for
part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they
once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and
what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.

THE AUTHOR.
HARTFORD, 1876.
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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T O M S A WY E R
CHAPTER I

"TOM!"
No answer.
"TOM!"
No answer.
"What's gone with that boy, I wonder? You TOM!"
No answer.
The old lady pulled her spectacles down and looked over them about the

room; then she put them up and looked out under them. She seldom or
never looked THROUGH them for so small a thing as a boy; they were her
state pair, the pride of her heart, and were built for "style," not service\u2212\u2212she
could have seen through a pair of stove\u2212lids just as well. She looked
perplexed for a moment, and then said, not fiercely, but still loud enough
for the furniture to hear:

"Well, I lay if I get hold of you I'll\u2212\u2212"

She did not finish, for by this time she was bending down and punching under the bed with the broom, and so she needed breath to punctuate the punches with. She resurrected nothing but the cat.

"I never did see the beat of that boy!"
She went to the open door and stood in it and looked out among the tomato
vines and "jimpson" weeds that constituted the garden. No Tom. So she
CHAPTER I
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