What did aunt Polly want Tom to do on a Sunday

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As a respectable, God-fearing woman, Aunt Polly wants Tom to attend Sunday school and church. But for Tom, it's all a bit of a bore. He doesn't like being told what to do, especially if it involves sitting still for long periods of time when he could be out having fun.

However, after Tom racks up an impressive collection of bible tickets in return for trading all the spoils he earned from his whitewashing scam, Sunday school suddenly becomes more interesting. Because now Tom is about to be awarded the prize of a Bible. This is his reward for supposedly memorizing lots of the good book's verses. But Tom being Tom, he didn't put in the necessary hard work; he obtained all this Bible tickets purely by fraud. So when Judge Thatcher calls on Tom to display his extensive knowledge of Scripture in front of the whole congregation, the mischievous young scamp makes a complete fool of himself.

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Tom Sawyer has a particular hatred for Sunday school and everything about it. He has a far from unblemished Sunday school record, and he especially dislikes having to put on his special Sunday school outfit and dress for the occasion. Tom's cousin, Mary, is "fond of" Sunday school, as is Sid, but Tom is seen "snarling" at the prospect.

After Sunday school is over, Tom has to attend church itself with his Aunt Polly and his cousins. Polly makes sure that Tom is kept close to the aisle, in order to try and make him pay attention—she seems to think that if he is allowed to sit anywhere near the open window, the sight of the summery scenes outside will distract his attention from what is going on in the church. It is evident that Tom's nature is opposed to sitting still, and he especially doesn't like having to sit still at church while wearing his Sunday best.

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