The Question and Answer section for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
This is a historical question more than a literary question. Check this out:
Tom's punishment is sitting in the girl's section in his classroom. Note, he does not see this as a punishment.
Tom Sawyer is introduced as an exasperated Aunt Polly calls for him. In the initial scene, we learn that Tom is perplexing, small, sneaky, and tricky....