By Mark Twain
Evoking existence in a small Mississippi River city, Tom Sawyer is Twain's hymn to the safe and really good global of boyhood and experience.
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Come up here. " Tom was about to take refuge in a lie, when he saw two long tails of yellow hair hanging down a back that he recognized by the electric sympathy of love; and by that form was THE ONLY VACANT PLACE on the girls' side of the school-house. " The master's pulse stood still, and he stared helplessly. The buzz of study ceased. The pupils wondered if this foolhardy boy had lost his mind. " There was no mistaking the words. "Thomas Sawyer, this is the most astounding confession I have ever listened to.
They found the sharp new heap they were seeking, and ensconced themselves within the protection of three great elms that grew in a bunch within a few feet of the grave. Then they waited in silence for what seemed a long time. The hooting of a distant owl was all the sound that troubled the dead stillness. Tom's reflections grew oppressive. He must force some talk. " Huckleberry whispered: "I wisht I knowed. " There was a considerable pause, while the boys canvassed this matter inwardly. " "O' course he does.
Look! " whispered Tom. " "It's devil-fire. " Some vague figures approached through the gloom, swinging an old-fashioned tin lantern that freckled the ground with innumerable little spangles of light. Presently Huckleberry whispered with a shudder: "It's the devils sure enough. Three of 'em! Lordy, Tom, we're goners! " "I'll try, but don't you be afeard. They ain't going to hurt us. " "They're HUMANS! One of 'em is, anyway. " "I bet I know it. Don't you stir nor budge. He Page 48 Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain ain't sharp enough to notice us.