“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain

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The novel begins with Tom being hollered at by his Aunt Polly. It is made clear from the very beginning that Tom is a boy who often finds himself in mischief, whether it’s skipping his chores or making a commotion at church, he is always up to something. Tom lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother Sid.

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Tom quickly finds himself head-over heels for the new girl in town, Becky Thatcher, but his plans to make her his fiance fail and he turns to the town-drunk’s son for some relief. Tom meets up with Huckleberry Finn in the graveyard to find a cure for warts, but the two young boys both witness something they weren’t supposed to that night. They witness the murder of Dr. Robinson by Injun-Joe. After witnessing the murder, both Huckleberry and Tom make a blood oath to never speak of what they saw that night ever again. This was until the boys hear that the murder is being pinned on Muff Potter, and with his arrest the boys’ guilt grows immensely.

They then decide to runaway to an island alongside their friend, Joe Harper, to become pirates. As the boys rejoice in their freedom, they discover that their community now believes they’re dead. Tom sneaks back into town to check on what’s going on and finds his family grieving over him. The boys decide to return home the day of their funeral and they’re met with great rejoicement by the whole town. Things soon return to normal, this was until Potter’s trial begins and Tom caves under his guilt and testifies on the behalf of Muff Potter.

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