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The adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

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 — she could have seen through a pair

of stove-lids 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 —‘

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 lifted up her voice



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