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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain

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What happens at the camp of the Freebooters?

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Great question! In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, many events occurred during the boys' (Tom, Huck, and Joe) time at the camp of the Freebooters. Although many events occurred, some appear especially important, such as their adventures, the thunderstorm, and their presumed deaths.

Foremost, the boys experienced much adventure during their time at the camp. For example, the boys played pirates, fished, and even attempted smoking. As the text shows:

“Tom stirred up the other pirates and they all clattered away with a shout, and in a minute or two were stripped and chasing after and tumbling over each other in the shallow limpid water of the white sandbar.”

Furthermore, during their stay, the boys witnessed a great thunderstorm. During the night, the boys experienced a great storm and quickly abandoned their camp for safety. When the boys returned to their camp, they noticed that their camp had been destroyed by the storm. As the text reveals:

“The boys went back to camp, a good deal awed; but they found there was still something to be thankful for, because the great sycamore, the shelter of their beds, was a ruin, now, blasted by the lightnings, and they were not under it when the catastrophe happened.”

Lastly, the boys were presumed to be dead during their time at the camp. As the boys enjoyed their time, they noticed that the ferryboat was searching for someone’s body. The boys were excited and wanted to know who had drowned. Soon, they realized that the ferryboat was searching for them! As the text reveals:

“They felt like heroes in an instant. Here was a gorgeous triumph; they were missed; they were mourned; hearts were breaking on their account; tears were being shed; accusing memories of unkindness to these poor lost lads were rising up, and unavailing regrets and remorse were being indulged; and best of all, the departed were the talk of the whole town, and the envy of all the boys, as far as this dazzling notoriety was concerned. This was fine. It was worth while to be a pirate, after all.”

Thus, many important events occurred during their time at the camp. However, these represent some of the most significant moments of their stay.

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