Tom Sawyer – Part Fifty-two

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

1. What did Tom change his mind about while he was standing next to Aunt Polly’s bed?

2. Why wasn’t Tom worried that the ferryboat guard might see him?

3. Why did Tom decide not to keep the boat after he had crossed to the other side of the river?

4. Why was Tom ‘trying his best to keep awake’?

5. What did the boys have for breakfast?

Now read the text and answer the questions.

He had to keep still for a long time after Aunt Polly had gone to bed because she occasionally cried out and turned over in bed. Finally, she lay still, moaning a little in her sleep.

Now the boy came out, slowly stood up next to the bed, shaded the candle-light with his hand, and stood looking at her. His heart was full of pity for her. He took out the note that he had previously written on the tree bark and put it next to the candle. But something occurred to him, and he stood there, thinking. His face brightened up with a happy thought. He put the tree bark back in his pocket. Then he bent over and kissed her lips, and left immediately, closing the door behind him.

He went back to the ferry landing and found nobody there. He walked onto the boat without hesitation. He knew there was nobody on the ferry apart from a guard who always went to sleep and slept heavily.

He untied the small boat at the back of the boat, stepped into it, and was soon rowing cautiously upstream. When he had gone about two kilometres past the village, he started crossing the river. It was hard work. He hit the landing on the other side easily, because this was a familiar bit of work to him.

He thought about capturing the small boat. It might be considered a ship and therefore legitimate prey for a pirate, but he knew a thorough search would be made for it and that might end in disaster. So, he stepped ashore and went into the woods.

He sat down and took a long rest, trying his best to keep awake, and then started walking the final part to the camp. The night was almost over. It was broad daylight before he found himself not far from where the boys had camped. He rested again until the sun was well up and shining on the great river with its splendor, and then he jumped into the stream. A little later he arrived to the camp, still dripping from his swim in the river. He heard Joe say:

"No, Tom can be trusted, Huck, and he'll come back. He won't desert. He knows that would be a disgrace to a pirate, and Tom's too proud for that sort of thing. He's up to something or other. Now I wonder what?"

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Almost, Huck, but not yet. The note says they are if he isn’t back here for breakfast."

"Which he is!" exclaimed Tom, with fine dramatic effect, stepping grandly into camp.

A wonderful breakfast of bacon and fish was soon provided, and as the boys started eating it, Tom told them about his adventures.

They were a vain and boastful group of heroes when he had finished.

Then Tom went away on his own to a quiet place to sleep until noon, and the other pirates got ready to fish and explore.

... to be continued!

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

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Tom Sawyer – Part Fifty-three

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

1. How big were the turtle eggs that they found on the river bank?

2. Which circus performers did the boys imítate?

3. Which lucky charm did Tom lose and then find again?

4. Which boy was the first to decide to go home?

5. Which two activities did Tom mention in order to try to convince his friend to stay?

Now read the text and answer the questions.
After dinner all the gang went to hunt for turtle eggs on the side of the river. They walked about pushing sticks into the sand, and when they found a soft place they went down on their knees and dug with their hands.

Sometimes, they would take fifty or sixty eggs out of one hole. They were perfectly round white things a bit smaller than an English walnut. They had a famous fried-egg feast that night, and another on Friday morning.

After breakfast they went playing and shouting on the sand, and chased each other round and round, taking off their clothes until they were naked, and then continued playing in the river further upstream against the strong current, which took away their legs from under them from time to time and greatly increased the fun.

From time to time they stopped and splashed water in each other's faces with their hands. They gradually moved toward each other, turning their faces away to avoid the water. They fought and wrestled until the best man pushed his opponent’s head underwater. Then they all came to the surface at the same time, laughing and gasping for breath.

When they were exhausted, they ran to lie down on the hot sand, covering themselves with it before running into the water again to repeat the whole process.

Finally, it occurred to them that their naked skin represented flesh-colored "tights". So they drew a ring in the sand and had a circus, with three clowns in it. Of course, each boy wanted to be a clown!

Next, they took out their marbles and played until they got bored. Then Joe and Huck had another swim, but Tom didn’t go in. He discovered that when he had kicked off his trousers, he had also kicked off his ankle bracelet. He was surprised that he had escaped any physical problem without the protection of this mysterious lucky charm. He didn’t join the fun again until he had found it, and by that time the other boys were tired and ready to rest.

They gradually separated and began to feel a bit sad. The looked across the wide river to where the village lay sleeping in the sun. Tom wrote "BECKY" in the sand with his big toe. Then he rubbed it out, and was angry with himself for his weakness. But he wrote it again, nevertheless. He could not help it.

He erased it once more and then took himself out of temptation by calling the other boys together and joining them.

But Joe's mood had gone down almost beyond saving. He was so homesick that he could hardly stand the misery of it. He was close to tears. Huck was melancholy, too. Tom was a bit depressed, but tried hard not to show it. He had a secret which he was not ready to tell, yet, but if this group depression was not broken up soon, he would have to bring it out. He said, with a great show of cheerfulness:

"I bet there's been pirates on this island before, boys. We'll explore it again. They've hidden treasures here somewhere. How would you feel about finding an old chest full of gold and silver?"

But it caused only a little enthusiasm, which soon died, with no reply. Tom tried one or two other techniques, but they failed, too. It was discouraging work. Joe sat poking at the sand with a stick and looking very miserable. Finally, he said:Diccionario online

"Oh, boys, let's give it up. I want to go home. It's so lonely."
"Oh no, Joe, you'll feel better soon," said Tom. "Just think of the fishing that's here."

"I don't care much for fishing. I want to go home."

"But, Joe, there isn’t a better place to swim anywhere."

"Swimming's no good. I don't care much about that either. It’s not the same when there’s no one to tell me not to go in. I want to go home.

"Oh, you’re such a baby! You want to see your mother, I suppose."

"Yes, I do want to see my mother, and you would, too, if you had one. I’m no more of a baby than you are." And Joe cried a little.

"Well, we'll let the cry-baby go home to his mother, won't we, Huck? Poor thing. Does it want to see its mother? And so it shall. You like it here, don't you, Huck? We'll stay, won't we?"

Huck said, "Y-e-s",without any enthusiasm.

"I'll never speak to you again as long as I live," said Joe, standing up and moving away, moodily. He began to get dressed.

"Who cares!" said Tom. "Nobody wants you to. Go home and get laughed at. Oh, you're a nice pirate. Huck and me aren't cry-babies. We'll stay, won't we, Huck? Let him go if he wants to. I think we can get along without him just fine."

But Tom was uneasy, nevertheless, and was alarmed to see Joe miserably getting dressed. And then it was discomforting to see Huck looking at Joe's preparations so enviously, and staying totally silent.

Then, without saying a word, Joe began to walk in the water in the direction of the Illinois shore. Tom's heart began to sink. He looked quickly at Huck.

Huck could not bear the look, and dropped his eyes. Then he said:
"I want to go, too, Tom. It was getting so lonely anyway, and now it'll be worse. Why don’t we go as well, Tom?"

"I won't! You can all go, if you want to. I’m going to stay."

"Tom, I better go."

"Well, go on then, who’s stopping you?"

... to be continued!

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

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