In Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , Tom Sawyer is the leader of the group of young boys who play together. Tom also has the most vivid imagination among the boys, and conjures up a plan with which the group will become rich. Tom's plan is...
In Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer is the leader of the group of young boys who play together. Tom also has the most vivid imagination among the boys, and conjures up a plan with which the group will become rich. Tom's plan is to form a "band of robbers" that will dedicate itself to robbing and killing, mostly by holding up stages and carriages traveling along the roads. Tom rejected the notion that they would be burglars breaking into people's homes. Rather, they would be "highwaymen" and stick to stealing jewelry and money from their victims. All of this detail occurs in Chapter Two, in which Huck describes Tom leading the group of boys into the woods where Tom has discovered a cave. Huck describes the scene as follows:
"We went to a clump of bushes, and Tom made everybody swear to keep the secret, and then showed them a hole in the hill, right in the thickest part of the bushes. Then we lit the candles, and crawled in on our hands and knees. We went about two hundred yards, and then the cave opened up. Tom poked about amongst the passages, and pretty soon ducked under a wall where you wouldn’t a noticed that there was a hole. We went along a narrow place and got into a kind of room, all damp and sweaty and cold, and there we stopped. Tom says: '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.'”
So, Tom takes Huck and the gang to a cave he has located in the woods and that the boys will use as their hideout for when they are robbing and killing travelers. This plan, of course, is strictly a product of the boys' imaginations, and there is no real thought of actually harming anybody, although they do disrupt a school picnic until the teacher arrives and forces the boys to return the items they took.