What  are some quotes that Tom uses in "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"?

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In the beginning of the book, Tom starts a gang, saying, "Now, we'll start this band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer's Gang, Everybody that wants to join has got to take an oath, and write his name in blood." Huck's participation in this gang is symbolic of his childhood and his interest in playing games like this. At the end of the novel, Tom appears again, this time wanting to play a more dangerous game, a game that risks Jim's life. When the Phelps' have Jim locked up, Tom and Huck go to get him out. However, Tom is dissatisfied with the ease in which they could free him, saying, "Blame it, this whole thing is just as easy and awkward as it can be. And so it makes it rotten difficult to get up a difficult plan...Why, drat it, Huck, its the stupidest arrangement I ever see. You got to invent ALL the difficulties...Anyhow, there's one more thing -- there's more honor in getting him out through a lot of difficulties and dangers, where there warn't one of them furnished to you by the people who it was their duty to furnish them, and you had to contrive them all out of your own head." Huck goes along with this game, but doesn't really approve of the immaturity and complicated nature of it, he'd rather just get the job done. But since Tom is of a higher social class, and a white boy, both Jim and Huck follow Tom's leadership.

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