The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

What is revealed about the town’s “temperance taverns” in Chapter 29? How might this—along with Twain’s characterization of the Cadets of Temperance—be read as a criticism of the practice of “temperance”?

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Alcohol flowed during times of temperance. The hypocrisy is that the people preaching temperance often frequented these temperance taverns for alcohol. The more temperance was preached, the more alcohol there seemed to be.