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In "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", how did Tom get the white-washing done?  

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dianashajee | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 4, 2009 at 2:33 PM via web

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In "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", how did Tom get the white-washing done?

 

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 4, 2009 at 11:49 PM (Answer #1)

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Tom convinced passing kids from the neighborhood that whitewashing the fence was the new cool passtime. He told them that he was priviledged to be able to do it, and that it was too high a responsibilty for him to trust others with. By using this very elementary form of reverse psychology, Tom is not only able to get out of painting the fence, but also makes a "profit" from it by charging to let other boys paint for a while.

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ribsythedog | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 25, 2009 at 11:47 AM (Answer #3)

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he said it was the funnest thing ever and everyoen wanted to try it and he made them pay him to do it

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