Finding treasure is a fanciful notion appropriate to Tom's romantic boyhood imagination. Yet this unrealistic dream nonetheless comes true by the novel's end. Tom and Huck achieve maturity with the windfall of their treasure, which heralds the onset of their adulthood in the eyes of society, for they have achieved wealth and status.
The Treasure Quotes in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The The Adventures of Tom Sawyer quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Treasure. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage Classics edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer published in 2010.).
Chapter 27 Quotes
Then it occurred to him that the great adventure itself must be a dream! There was one very strong argument in favor of this idea—namely, that the quantity of coin he had seen was too vast to be real.
Chapter 35 Quotes
"Lookyhere, Tom, being rich ain't what it's cracked up to be. It's just worry and worry, and sweat and sweat, and a-wishing you was dead all the time. Now these clothes suit me, and this bar'l suits me, and I ain't ever going to shake 'em any more."
The Treasure Symbol Timeline in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The timeline below shows where the symbol The Treasure appears in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...him to be fully honest, and he reveals the Spaniard's true identity, without mentioning the treasure. The Welchman is shocked, then realizes it makes sense, for the violent plan Huck described... (full context)
...assumed Tom made it into No. 2 at Temperance Tavern to find whiskey rather than treasure. Tom explains this never happened, instantly realizing that "Number Two" must be the cave! They... (full context)