The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Chapter 9-13 - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

To make Becky sorry for rejecting him, what does Tom contemplate? Which one does he decide to pursue? List two of Tom's superstitions describes in this chapter. Do any of these work for Tom?

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Tom runs off into the dense woods, somewhere far away from the schoolhouse where Becky is. The woods are still, adding to Tom's lonely and melancholy state. Tom sits and begins to consider what it would be like to die, and at this point, the only thing that makes him hesitate is his bad Sunday school record. Becky would be sorry, he thinks to himself, about the way she treated him if only he were dead. "Ah, if only he could die temporarily!" Instead, Tom decides he wants to run away from home and enter the pirate profession as "Tom Sawyer the Pirate ­ the Black Avenger of the Spanish Main."