Why is Becky Thatcher the symbol of the beautiful but unapproachable girl in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

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Becky is the daughter of Judge Thatcher, a figure who Tom views as nearly unapproachably powerful in their small village of St. Petersburg. The Thatchers are new in town (Judge Thatcher's brother is a lawyer there), and this makes her even more desirable to Tom, since she cannot possibly be aware of his prior reputation. Tom's common heritage sets him far apart from Becky, but her beauty still attracts him, and he tries to draw her attention by any means possible. Like many "good" girls, Becky is attracted to "bad" boys, and Tom's wild nature--and his attentiveness to her--is a lure too powerful for her to deny.

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