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Mark Twain - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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The Adventures of TomSawyer
Mark Twain
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PREFACE
MOST of the adventures recorded in this book reallyoccurred; one or two were experiences of my own, therest those of boys who were schoolmates of mine. Huck Finn is drawn from life; Tom Sawyer also, but not froman individual — he is a combina- tion of thecharacteristics of three boys whom I knew, and thereforebelongs to the composite order of archi- tecture.The odd superstitions touched upon were all preva-lent among children and slaves in the West at the periodof this story — that is to say, thirty or forty years ago.Although my book is intended mainly for the en-tertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not beshunned 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 andthought and talked, and what queer enterprises theysometimes engaged in.THE AUTHOR.HARTFORD, 1876.
 
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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 lookedover them about the room; then she put them up andlooked out under them. She seldom or never lookedTHROUGH them for so small a thing as a boy; they wereher state pair, the pride of her heart, and were built for‘style,’ not service — she could have seen through a pairof stove-lids just as well. She looked perplexed for amoment, and then said, not fiercely, but still loud enoughfor the furniture to hear:‘Well, I lay if I get hold of you I’ll —‘She did not finish, for by this time she was bendingdown and punching under the bed with the broom, and soshe needed breath to punctuate the punches with. Sheresurrected nothing but the cat.‘I never did see the beat of that boy!’
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