Describe the mood expressed in the opening lines of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

The mood expressed in the opening lines of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is playful and mischievous. The author's intention is to evoke sympathy for the main characters and to cause adults to fondly remember their childhoods.

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In a preface to the original edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, author Mark Twain explains that he based the experiences of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn on his own adventures and those of his boyhood friends and that he wrote the book for "the entertainment of boys...

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In a preface to the original edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, author Mark Twain explains that he based the experiences of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn on his own adventures and those of his boyhood friends and that he wrote the book for "the entertainment of boys and girls." We can keep this in mind as we assess the mood of the opening lines.

As the book opens, Tom's aunt Polly is calling the boy's name. She calls several times, and he doesn't answer. She pokes under the bed with a broom and then looks out the open door. While she is standing there, Tom tries to scurry past, but she catches him. It turns out that his hands and mouth are smeared with some jam that Aunt Polly told him not to touch. She is about to spank him with a switch when he diverts her attention and manages to run away.

In these opening lines, Twain sets the mood for the book and establishes the characters of Tom and of Aunt Polly. Tom is clever, fun-loving, troublemaking, and disobedient, while Aunt Polly is seemingly strict but is also amused by Tom's antics.

We see by these opening lines and this opening scene that the mood of the book is lighthearted, playful, and mischievous. Twain intends to cause boys and girls to sympathize with the protagonists and for adults to look back with nostalgia on the days of their youth.

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