The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Questions and Answers
by Mark Twain

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"'Look‌ behind you,' shouted Tom." Why did Tom say this in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

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Tom shouted "look behind you" at his aunt Polly in the moments just before she was going to whip him with a switch for eating jam that he was told to leave alone. He yells that she should look behind her as a distraction so that he can escape from his punishment. He scrambles up over the fence and away from his aunt before she realizes what's happening. It's clear he's played tricks like this many times because after he runs away, aunt Polly laughs at herself for falling for it all over again. She says that Tom is clever and knows her too well, and that she's too forgiving of him, but she only seems to regret this a little.

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