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What is Tom’s point of view on ignoring Ben in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

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Ben Rogers is an adventurous, imaginative, outgoing boy like Tom Sawyer and therefore a rival. When Tom has to whitewash his aunt's fence as a punishment from Aunt Polly instead of playing as he wishes, he is filled with dread when Ben comes by. Tom feels vulnerable. He doesn't want Ben to ridicule him. Tom wants to be the top dog.

Ben, munching on an apple that Tom wishes he could eat and pretending to be a...

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