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what do others say about tom sawyer? 3 quotes and 3 feelings

 

jasmine s #250205
May 13, 2012 12:57 PM

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what do others say about tom sawyer? 3 quotes and 3 feelings

3 quotes and 3 feelings

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Aslan
May 13, 2012 1:02 PM

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Can we include Twain's? Anyhow, here are some that reflect on Tom,

Now as to this girl. What had he done? Nothing. He had meant the best in the world, and been treated like a dog -- like a very dog. She would be sorry some day -- maybe when it was too late. Ah, if he could only die temporarily! (8.1)

Tom, still young, can think of death and, instead of shuddering or having an existential crisis, simply wish it could work a bit differently for once.


Sid noticed that Tom never was coroner at one of these inquiries, though it had been his habit to take the lead in all new enterprises; he noticed, too, that Tom never acted as a witness -- and that was strange; and Sid did not overlook the fact that Tom even showed a marked aversion to these inquests, and always avoided them when he could. Sid marveled, but said nothing. However, even inquests went out of vogue at last, and ceased to torture Tom's conscience.


"Well, what of it? They'll all lie. Leastways all but the nigger. I don't know him. But I never see a nigger that wouldn't lie. Shucks!" (6.65)

Though Tom seems to have no problems with interacting with black slaves – he even learns how to whistle from one – he still distrusts them and doesn't seem them as individual. He seems to assume that all black people are the same.

Source(s): http://www.shmoop.com/tom-sawyer/race-quotes.html

 

jill d #170087
May 13, 2012 1:05 PM

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"I ain’t doing my duty by that boy, and that’s the Lord’s truth, goodness knows. Spare the rod and spile the child, as the Good Book says. I’m a-laying up sin and suffering for us both, I know. He’s full of the Old Scratch, but laws-a-me! he’s my own dead sister’s boy, poor thing, and I ain’t got the heart to lash him, somehow. Every time I let him off, my conscience does hurt me so, and every time I hit him my old heart most breaks."

She feels guilt over being to hard on Tom.

Source(s): The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

 

jill d #170087
May 13, 2012 1:09 PM

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"Tom was a glittering hero once more. There were some that believed he would be President yet, if he escaped hanging."

Chapter 24, Pride of townspeople
 

jill d #170087
May 13, 2012 1:10 PM

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"He was not the Model Boy of the village. He knew the model boy very well though--and loathed him."

Tom.................... on himself (Chapter 1)
 

jill d #170087
May 13, 2012 1:12 PM

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"As the service proceeded, the clergyman drew such pictures of the graces, the winning ways, and the rare promise of the lost lads, that every soul there, thinking he recognized these pictures, felt a pang in remembering that he had persistently blinded himself to them always before, and had as persistently seen only faults and flaws in the poor boys."

Chapter 18
 

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