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What are some examples of Tom's cleverness in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

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Tom Sawyer shows himself to be very clever and resourceful when he and Becky Thatcher get lost in the caves on a school outing. Once their teacher and the other children have left, it appears that Tom and Becky have been forgotten about. The caves are dark and deep—no place for young children without adult supervision. It isn't very long before despair sets in and Tom and Becky wonder whether they're ever going to make it out of the caves alive.

Yet Tom's nothing if not resourceful. He figures out a way to explore the caves to find a way out without getting even more lost. As he tries to find a way out while Becky is fast asleep, he gradually unravels a kite string so that he'll easily be able to retrace his steps. It's while exploring the various nooks and crannies of the caves that Tom, to his horror, spots Injun Joe, who's been using the caves as a hideout. Thankfully, he doesn't see Tom, but Tom's able to see a speck of daylight in the distance. Tom pushes through a hole in the...

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