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Why is the life of pirates so interesting?

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The life of a pirate seems so exciting to Tom, Huck, and Joe Harper. Tom paints a romanticized picture of life on the high seas for those who sail under the skull and crossbones. Pirates get to capture and burn ships, steal treasure, make men walk the plank, and carry off their womenfolk to a private island where no one will ever find them.

They also get to wear fancy clothes and gold, silver, and diamonds. Even better for the three would-be brigands: as pirates, they wouldn't have to get up first thing in the morning and wash before going to school. In fact, pirates don't have to do anything they don't want to do. What's not to like? But above all, as Tom tells the others, pirates are respected, and there's no doubt that all three boys, for various reasons, don't feel they get much respect in their present lives.

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