Tom loathes going to school and dreads Monday mornings, even to the point of wishing on Mondays that there had been no holiday at the weekend, "it made the going into captivity and fetters again so much more odious." He will attempt to avoid school by any means at his disposal, and the chief reason he envies Huckleberry Finn is that he does not have to go to school.
Although Tom would much rather be outside fishing or swimming, when he does get to school, he generally finds a way to enjoy it. He does this by subverting the purpose of the school and turning it into something that amuses him. We first see him doing this when he begins his affair with Becky Thatcher in chapter 4.
A more typical activity, at the beginning of chapter 7, is joining with his bosom friend Joe Harper in playing with the tick he has captured. Though the games Tom plays in school generally have to be quieter and more furtive than the ones he enjoys at weekends, they are of a similar type and the element of danger...
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