The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Tom, Huck, and Joe Harper escape to Jackson's Island to live as outlaws, leaving behind the rules and strictures of St. Petersburg society. Its physical isolation brings them all the freedom they could hope for. Yet Joe and Tom they find that they are not happy—they miss the social attachments and responsibilities to others that define their lives in the village.
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Chapter 13
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On the island they set a campfire, cook dinner, and decide to sleep in the open air, like... (full context)
Chapter 14
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They fish for breakfast and continue to explore the island. Pangs of homesickness set in as the day wears on. Even Huck misses the village. (full context)
Chapter 15
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He borrows a boat from the ferry landing to reach the island. After napping on the shore, he heads to camp at dawn, where Joe and Huck... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Tom wants to stay on the island because he has a secret he can't yet share. When Joe insists on leaving, Tom... (full context)