The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Judge Thatcher Character Analysis

Becky's father and the county Judge, who is based in Constantinople. He is the most revered figure in St. Petersburg. He takes a fondness to Tom after he leads Becky out of the cave, hoping he'll become a lawyer, which indicates the fallibility of the lawman, who should be more wary of mischievous Tom.
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Judge Thatcher Character Timeline in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The timeline below shows where the character Judge Thatcher appears in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Boyhood Rebellion and Growing Up Theme Icon
The Hypocrisy of Adult Society Theme Icon
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...don't pay attention, whispering and teasing one another. Lawyer Thatcher arrives along with the dignified Judge Thatcher , his wife, and his daughter – Tom's crush. The children and their instructors are... (full context)
Superstition, Fantasy, and Escape Theme Icon
Sentimentality and Realism Theme Icon
Judge Thatcher congratulates Tom in front of everyone. But when he asks Tom to name Jesus's first... (full context)
Chapter 32
Boyhood Rebellion and Growing Up Theme Icon
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On his way to visit Huck several days later, Tom stops at Becky's, where Judge Thatcher tells him the entrance to the cave has been blocked to prevent more exploring. Tom... (full context)
Chapter 33
Boyhood Rebellion and Growing Up Theme Icon
Judge Thatcher , Tom, and several boatloads of men immediately head to the cave's entrance. Removing its... (full context)
Chapter 35
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The Hypocrisy of Adult Society Theme Icon
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Judge Thatcher thinks highly of Tom for having rescued Becky from the cave. Becky has even told... (full context)