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by Mark Twain

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In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, how does Tom want to spend any treasure they find?  

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As always, Tom has more imagination than Huck. Unlike his friend, he doesn't want to spend Injun Joe's horde of buried treasure on pies, soda pop, and going to the circus. Tom has bigger plans in mind; he wants to get married. With all that money, he probably reckons that he'll have the pick of all the young ladies for miles around.

Huck finds the very idea absurd; his parents used to fight all the time, and he's worried the same thing might happen with Tom and his future bride. But Tom is adamant that things will turn out just fine. As well as spending his share of the treasure on settling down with the girl of his dreams, Tom also plans to put it toward a new drum, a sword, a red necktie, and a bull-pup.

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Tom explains in detail to Huck all the distinctions and subtleties of finding buried treasures—mysterious maps and instructions, proper “haunted” places and where to look for them, and what to do with the immense fortunes. Huck claims he will spend his fortune on eating and enjoyments because his “Pap” will take it all from him when he finds out about it. Tom is more conventional; he will save some of the fortune for a marriage. When the boys discuss how they will spend the money, Huck Finn is the more realistic one: He wants to spend it all immediately on enjoyment because his pap (father) might hear of it and come back and take it all away from him. Tom, however, will spend some of the money on “fun things” but wants to save a large portion of it to use for things such as his marriage, thus indicating a more mature outlook.