Chapter 3 Summary

In the early afternoon, Tom approaches Aunt Polly, who is dozing over her knitting. She is surprised to see him, because she secretly suspected that he would sneak away and leave his chore unfinished. When he says he is done, she does not believe it. However, when she sees that the fence is covered with several coats of whitewash, she is thrilled. Not only does she tell Tom that he can go out to play; she also rewards him with an apple. When she gives it to him, she delivers “an improving lecture” about how treats taste better when they are earned “through virtuous effort.” During this speech, Tom steals a doughnut.

Free from work for the rest of the day, Tom pelts Sid with dirt clods to get revenge for the...

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