The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawer

How is Tom Sawyer introduced? What do you learn about him just in the initial scene?

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The novel opens with Aunt Polly searching for Tom Sawyer, the young protagonist of the novel who, along with his younger brother Sidney, was sent to live in St. Petersburg, Missouri, after his mother's death. After hearing no answer to her calls, Polly finds Tom eating out of the jam closet. Tom escapes Aunt Polly's beating by diverting her attention, leading Polly into a tirade against Tom's irreverent ways. We learn that Tom is a mischievous precocious child.