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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain
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Why was Injun Joe chasing Tom and Becky into the caves?

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Tom testified against Joe in court, so Tom is terrified that Joe will try to kill him. Tom and Becky run in to Joe, and Joe chases them into the cave. The question is, does Joe really want to kill Tom or is this Tom's wild imagination? Joe actually runs away from Tom once they are in the caves. Tom thinks this is because Joe didn't really recognize him, but most likely Joe is more concerned with his own fate.

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