The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Questions and Answers
by Mark Twain

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"Tom came sadly out of the house." Why was Tom sad?  

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In the book, at the beginning of chapter two page ten, it states that Tom "surveyed the fence and all gladness left him." It is a beautiful Saturday morning. The sun is shining and "there is a song in every heart," but Tom Sawyer has to spend the day painting a thirty-yard nine-foot fence. Worse, he knows it's his fault. The previous night, he had come back late to find his aunt waiting for him in his room. Any excuses he may have had became invalid as soon as his aunt saw the poor state of his clothes.

Tom Sawyer, however, is nothing if not ingenuous. When Ben Johnson arrives to ridicule him, Tom makes him...

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