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In the chapter of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer titled "Strong Temptations," what is the setting, outline, and conflict of the story?

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The setting of chapter 2 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is described lyrically. It is a perfect summer day of blooming trees, fragrant blossoms and green grass. Tom is on the sidewalk outside his aunt's house, eying all this sunlit perfection with the melancholy of a captive.

The outline of the story is perhaps the most famous in American literature. Tom has been sentenced to whitewash the fence on a Saturday. He is upset because he has to work instead of playing and because other boys are certain to laugh at him. When Ben Rogers does just that, Tom hits upon the brilliant idea of pretending that whitewashing the fence is an honor and a privilege. He charges a sequence of boys for the opportunity to whitewash the fence for him and is able to lounge around in the shade while they work, amassing a vast collection of odds and ends which they offer as payment.

The genius of this system is that, once Tom has hit upon his solution, there is no further conflict. Everyone gets exactly what he...

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