Plot summary from SparkNotes: : An imaginative and mischievous boy named Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother, Sid, in the Mississippi River town of St. Ben suddenly wants to do it, but Tom feigns reluctance, saying his Aunt Polly wants it done well since it is pointing to the front. They decide to take the gold coins to Injun Joe's other hideout. Winding down one passageway, Tom sees a man and shouts to him; to his surprise, the figure belongs to Injun Joe! Twain's commentary proposes that love is an illogical, irrational necessity. Being persistent, however, he does not give up; instead, Tom hatches a clever plan to trick his friends into doing the whitewashing for him.
That night at home, Tom's clothes are so soiled from the fight that Aunt Polly punishes him by taking away his Saturday's freedom and assigns him the unpleasant task of whitewashing the fence. We here at Shmoop will defer to the master: Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all. We'll talk your ear off. Twain also seems to imply that adult relationships are more child-like than most think. School inhibits Tom from his mischief and is seen as a kind of jail. Petersburg questions his own worth. When Tom learns of this, he tells finally tells the Judge that Injun Joe is in the cave.
In turn, we are allowed not only to see all the activity within the novel but we are allowed within the thoughts of each character. Tom and Huck are both racked by their guilty consciences, and are made to feel even worse when Muff Potter thanks them for being kind to him. He convinces them all that painting the fence is thrillingly fun, and a task that he will not easily give up; Tom is a good actor and obviously brighter than his friends, for they trade him treasures for the privilege of helping out. Soon, all the neighborhood boys beg Tom for the chance to whitewash in exchange for small trinkets. We see that Tom is not religious when he forgets to pray; he fails to exceed at schoolwork; above all else, he thinks that he has failed at gaining Aunt Polly's love. In a period where thoughts of gold and silver drove men West and industrialization had not yet begun, Twain was able to describe small-town life in detail.
On the brink of giving up, Huck's patience is rewarded when the two villain step out into the night and head off towards the haunted house. While wandering the streets of St. Tom attempts to comfort Becky, and continues to explore the cave's passages in hoping of finding a way out. Frightened by Tom's shouts and not recognizing the boy's voice , Injun Joe runs away. Suddenly, Tom is horrified because one of his friends is about to come by and see him actually working on a Saturday morning. Soon, the Negro boy Jim appears with his pail on his way to fetch water from the pump. During supper, Aunt Polly asks Tom leading questions in an attempt to confirm her suspicion that he skipped school that afternoon and went swimming instead.
Thus we see that even Tom Sawyer seemingly the most carefree and courageous boy in St. That's 800 square feet of fence to paint white. Cookies are used to improve the navigation experience in our site. Ben ranged up alongside of him. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day? Tom and Becky hear the search party in the distance but are too weak to call loudly enough to be heard.
He imagines his own funeral, and begins to cry to himself, reflecting that he leaves the house when his cousin enters the house, unable to withstand any ounce of happiness. Petersburg, his town, he encounters a newcomer, a boy his own age who appears overdressed and arrogant. Tom tries to convince him, and almost succeeds until Aunt Polly appears on the scene and Jim takes to his heels. After they have been underground for about three days, Tom discovers a way out of the cave. Chapters 1—3 Summary—Chapter 1: Tom Plays, Fights, and Hides Spare the rod and spile the child, as the Good Book says.
Ward; lawyer Riverson; and a variety of other characters that remain nameless, such as the town belle, matrons, and young clerks. On a glorious summer Saturday, Tom appears outside with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. Once more Tom wants what isn't his, and devalues what is. The boy mused awhile over the substantial change which had taken place in his worldly circumstances, and then wended toward headquarters to report. Aunt Polly simply pulls out his tooth and sends Tom off to school without another word. Jim came skipping out at the gate with a tin pail, and singing Buffalo Gals.
Chapter 5 Summary: Chapter five revolves around the remainder of Sunday morning following Tom's schooling, specifically with the morning sermon. Tom's own crazy adventures epitomize the life of the carefree frontiersman. Tom always wants what he does not have, even seeing the chores of others as preferable to his. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. But instead of entering the haunted house, the villains go toward the old 's house, with the intention of torturing and maybe even killing her.