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What are the relationships between the "respectable" and the "less respectable" members of society in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

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The main "less respectable" member of society featured in the book is Huck Finn. The son of a violent, outcast drunk, Huck lives by his wits and does what he wants. He wears ragged, cast-off adult clothes, doesn't go to school or church, and is envied by the other boys for his freedom. On the downside, he has to scrounge for food and sleep where he can—such as in a cardboard box, an empty barrel, or a barn.

The mothers and guardians, including Aunt Polly, of the respectable boys all forbid them to associate with Huck. Naturally, that, with Huck's enviable freedom and the allure of a boy...

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