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In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, why does Tom feel sorry for Aunt Polly?

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During the events of the book “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” the eponymous character fakes his own death, eventually planning to return during his funeral. He comes back to his house at one point prior to this, though, and sees his aunt, who was his primary caretaker, fervently praying for him and for his safe return. This kindness and love from Aunt Polly makes Tom sorrowful.

Tom knows in that moment that his disappearance has left Polly heartbroken. When he sees how deeply she cares for him, he is saddened and nearly compelled to leave her a token of his presence, such as a letter indicating his...

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