Tom Sawyer – Part Eight

Before you read the text, read the following comprehension questions.

1. How long had Tom known that Amy Lawrence liked him?

2. What did the girl in the white dress throw over the fence before going into the house?

3. Why was Tom in such a good mood when he finally got home for dinner?

4. Who broke the sugar bowl?

5. What’s the relationship between Tom and Mary?

Now read the text and answer the questions.

As he was passing by the house where Jeff Thatcher lived, he saw a new girl in the garden; a lovely little blue-eyed girl with long yellow hair and a white summer dress.

The new battle hero fell without firing a shot. Amy Lawrence disappeared from his heart and left not even a memory of herself behind.
He had thought he loved her completely. He had thought of his passion as adoration, and now he saw that it was only a passing phase of little importance. He had spent months winning her affection; she had confessed her feelings only a week ago. He had been the happiest and the proudest boy in the world only seven short days before, and here in one moment of time she had gone out of his heart like a casual stranger whose visit is over.

He stared at this new angel secretly until he saw that she had discovered him, then he pretended he did not know she was there, and began to show off in all sorts of silly boyish ways, in order to win her admiration.

He kept up this ridiculous foolishness for a long time, but eventually, while he was in the middle of some dangerous gymnastic performances, he looked to one side and saw that the little girl was walking toward the house.

Tom came up to the fence and leaned on it, sadly, hoping she might wait around for a while. She stopped for a moment on the steps and then moved toward the door. Tom sighed as she put her foot on the last step. But his face lit up, right away, because she threw a flower over the fence a moment before she disappeared.

The boy ran around and stopped within a foot or two of the flower, and then shaded his eyes with his hand and began to look down street as if he had discovered something interesting going on in that direction.

Then, he picked up a straw and began trying to balance it on his nose, with his head far back. As he moved from side to side, in his efforts, he edged nearer and nearer toward the flower.

Finally, his bare foot was on top of it, his toes closed upon it, and he hopped away with the treasure and disappeared around the corner. But only for a minute, only while he could put the flower inside his jacket, next to his heart, or next his stomach, possibly; he wasn’t very good at anatomy.

He went back to the fence until it got dark, showing off as before, but the girl never reappeared, though Tom comforted himself a little with the hope that she had been near a window and had known he was there waiting and looking for her.

Finally, he walked home with his head full of visions of the girl.
All through dinner he was in such a good mood that his aunt wondered "what had got into the child." He was punished for throwing the clods of earth at Sid, and he did not seem to mind that at all.

He tried to steal sugar under his aunt's very nose, and got his knuckles hit for it. He said: "Aunt, you don't whack Sid when he takes sugar."
"Well, Sid doesn't torment me the way you do. You'd be always taking sugar if I wasn’t watching you."Diccionario online

Tom’s aunt went into the kitchen, and Sid immediately reached for the sugar bowl, teasing Tom with an unbearable smile. But Sid's fingers slipped and the bowl dropped and broke.

Tom was in ecstasy. So much so that he even controlled his tongue and was silent. He said to himself that he would not speak a word, even when his aunt came in, but would sit perfectly still till she asked who broke the bowl. Then he would tell, and there would be nothing so good in the world as to
see Sid get the punishment.

He was so full of happiness that he could hardly hold himself when the
old lady came back and stood above the mess on the floor, looking angrily at Tom over the top of her glasses.

He said to himself, "Now it's coming!", and the next moment he was falling to the floor! The powerful hand was ready to hit again when Tom cried out:
"Wait! Wait! what are you hitting ME for? Sid broke it!"

Aunt Polly paused, confused, and Tom looked for some pity. But when she found her tongue again, she only said:

"Umf! Well, I’m sure you deserved it. You were probably doing something bad when I wasn’t here, I’m sure.”

Then her conscience started to bother her and she wanted to say something kind and loving; but she decided that this would mean her confessing that she had made a mistake and discipline forbade that.

So she kept silent, and did her housework with a troubled heart. Tom sat in in a corner and felt sorry for himself. He knew that in her heart his aunt was on her knees to him, and this made him feel sadly gratified.

He would send out no signals, he would take notice of none. He knew that she looked at him sympathetically now and then, through a film of tears, but he refused to recognize it.

He imagined himself lying sick and close to death and his aunt bending over him asking for one little forgiving word, but he would turn his face to the wall, and die with that word unsaid. Ah, how would she feel then?

And he pictured himself brought home from the river, dead, with his hair all wet, and his troubled heart at rest. She would throw herself upon him, and her tears would fall like rain, and her lips pray God to give her back her boy and she would never, never abuse him anymore!

But he would lie there cold and white, without moving; a poor little sufferer, whose troubles were at an end. He worked so much on these sad, hypothetical feelings that he had to keep swallowing, he was nearly choking and his eyes swam in a blur of water, which overflowed when he winked, and ran down and fell of the end of his nose.

This focus on his imaginary self-pity was so intense that Tom could not bear to have any happy thoughts or outside joy disturbing him. It was too sacred for such contact. So, when his cousin Mary danced in, all alive with the joy of seeing home again after a long visit of one week to the country, he got up and moved in clouds and darkness out of one door as she brought song and
sunshine in though the other.
... to be continued!

* The text has been adapted from the Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain

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Tom Sawyer – Part Nine

Before you read the text, read the following comprehension questions.

1. What was Tom sitting on at the river?

2. What was old and dying?

3. What time did he arrive at the girl’s house?

4. What fell on Tom as he was lying on the ground under the window?

5. What did Tom not do before he went to bed?

Now read the text and answer the questions.
He wandered far from the places where boys usually hung out and went to lonely, desolate places that were in harmony with his spirit. A log raft in the river invited him, and he sat down on and thought about the dreary vastness of the stream, wishing only that he could be suddenly drowned and unconscious, without experiencing the uncomfortable routine devised by nature.

Then he thought of his flower. He took it out, it was old and dying and it only increased his depression. He wondered if she would pity him if she knew? Would she cry, and wish that she could put her arms around his neck
and comfort him? Or would she turn coldly away like everything else in this hollow world?

This picture brought such an agony of pleasurable suffering that he thought about it over and over again in his mind until he could think no more. At last he stood up sighing and walked away in the darkness.

About half-past nine or ten o'clock he arrived at deserted street to where the beautiful girl lived. He paused a moment, but he heard nothing. A candle was casting a soft light on the curtain of a window on the second floor. Was the sacred girl there? He climbed the fence, carefully walked through the plants, until he stood under the window. He looked up at it for a long time, then he lay down on the ground under it, his hands across his chest and holding his poor, dying flower.

He was prepared to die like this, out in the cold world, with no roof over his homeless head, no friendly hand to wipe the death from his face, no one to bend lovingly over him when the great agony came. And this is how SHE would see him when she looked out of her window in the morning. She would drop one little tear upon his poor, lifeless body. Would she feel sad to see a bright young life ended so suddenly and sadly?

The window went up, a servant's voice broke the silence and a bucket of water came right down on the body of the martyr!

The hero jumped up in anger. There was a whizzing sound, like a missile in the air, mixed with the murmur of a curse, then a sound like breaking glass, and a small, vague form went over the fence and ran away in the dark.Diccionario online

Not long after, as Tom, all undressed for bed, was looking at his wet clothes by candlelight, Sid woke up. But if he had even the slightest idea of making any comments he thought better of it and said nothing, because there was danger in Tom's eye.

Tom went to bed without saying his prayers, and Sid made mental note of the omission.
... to be continued!

* The text has been adapted from the Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain

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