In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly.
At the beginning of the book, it is evident that Tom lives with his aunt, instead of his biological mother and father. As the book shows, after his mother passes away, Tom is sent to live with his Aunt Polly. Although Aunt Polly struggles with disciplining Tom, she remains his primary caregiver. For example, Aunt Polly believes that children should be disciplined when they misbehave due to her personal religious convictions. However, she struggles with disciplining Tom because of her compassion and care for him. As Aunt Polly reveals:
“He's my own dead sister's boy, poor thing, and I ain't got the heart to lash him, somehow."
Thus, Aunt Polly takes care of Tom. Although Aunt Polly is often unsure about how to respond to Tom’s actions, she cares for Tom deeply, even though he is not her biological child.