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Tom Sawyer's Days 1835-1853
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“My first visit to school was when I was seven. A strapping girl of fifteen, in the customary sunbonnet and calico dress, asked me if I ‘used tobacco’—meaning did I chew it. I said no. It roused her scorn. She reported me to all the crowd and said:

‘Here is a boy seven years old who can’t chaw tobacco.’

By the looks and comments which this produced I realized that I was a degraded object; I was cruelly ashamed of myself. I determined to reform. But I only made myself sick; I was not able to learn to chew tobacco. I learned to smoke fairly well but that did not conciliate anybody and I remained a poor thing and characterless. I longed to be respected but I never was able to rise. Children have but little charity for one another’s defects.”—Mark Twain, Autobiography, posthumous

Portrait, 1835
Portrait, 1835
Courtesy of The Mark Twain House, Hartford
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Mark Twain, 1907

Illustration from Tom Sawyer
Illustration from The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Tom Blankenship's House
Tom Blankenship’s House
Courtesy of The Mark Twain House, Hartford

“In Huckleberry Finn, I have drawn Tom Blankenship exactly as he was. He was ignorant, unwashed, insufficiently fed; but he had as good a heart as any boy had. His liberties were totally unrestricted. He was the only really independent person—boy or man—in the community, and by consequence he was tranquilly and continuously happy and was envied by all the rest of us. We liked him; we enjoyed his society. And as his society was forbidden by our parents, the prohibition trebled and quadrupled its value, and therefore we sought and got more of his society than of any other boy’s.”—Mark Twain, Autobiography, posthumous