How did Tom get into the house when he is late?

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The answer to this is that Tom gets into the house by climbing through a window.  I can think of at least a couple places where we see him do this.

The first place we see him do this is in Chapter 1.  Right at the end of the chapter, Tom comes back in by the window and finds that his Aunt Polly is waiting for him.

We also see Tom get out of the house this way in Chapter 9.  He goes out through the window, along the roof of the "ell" and the onto the roof of the woodshed.  From there, he goes down to the ground.  Presumably he gets back in the same way.

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