How does Tom get Huck to go back to the Widow in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"?

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Tom tries to talk Huck into going back to the Widow by telling him that he and the gang are going to become robbers, and if Huck isn't "respectable", he will not be allowed into the gang.  Tom convinces Huck that, unlike pirates, robbers have a more "high-toned" reputation, and that if Huck were allowed to join he would reflect badly upon the whole operation.  All of Tom's other appeals have fallen on deaf ears; although he likes the Widow and feels badly about causing her trouble, Huck is firm in his insistence that the civilized life is something he can't stand.  It is only when he realizes that if he doesn't conform, he will be left out of Tom's great future adventures, that he decides he will "stick to the widder till (he) rot(s)", if only he is allowed to remain in the gang and "git(s) to be a reg'lar ripper of a robber" (Chapter XXXV).

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