Tom Sawyer – Part Sixty

Before you read the text, read the following comprehension questions.

1. What were Becky and Alfred doing together on a bench?

2. Did Becky know that Tom was watching her and Alfred?

3. What did Tom visualize doing to Alfred Temple?

4. What did Alfred do to Tom’s book?

5. How did Becky know what Alfred had done to Tom’s book?

Now read the text and answer the questions.

During the break Tom continued to flirt with Amy and they walked around together. Tom, all the time, looking for Becky.

At last, he saw her, but he was shocked. She was sitting on a little bench behind the schoolhouse looking at a book with Alfred Temple. They were so close together, their heads nearly touching, that they did not seem to be conscious of anything in the world besides the book and each other.

Jealousy ran red-hot through Tom's veins. He began to hate himself for throwing away the chance Becky had offered for a reconciliation. He called himself a fool, and all the hard names he could think of. He wanted to cry with anxiety.

Amy chatted happily to him, as they walked together, for her heart was singing, but Tom's tongue wasn’t working. He did not hear what Amy was saying, and whenever she paused, he could only make a noise which made no sense to Amy.

He kept walking around to the back of the schoolhouse, again and again, to see the horrible sight with his own eyes. He could not help it.

And it made him angry to see, as he thought he saw, that Becky Thatcher never once suspected that he was even in the world. But she did see, nevertheless, and she knew she was winning her fight, too. She was glad to see him suffer as she had suffered.

Amy's happy chatting became intolerable. Tom said that he had to do some things and time was passing, but Amy kept on talking. Tom thought, "Oh, am I never going to get rid of her?"

At last, he insisted on leaving and she said that she would be "around" when school finished. Tom walked away quickly, hating her for it.

"Any other boy!" Tom thought, grinding his teeth. "Any boy in the whole town except that Alfred Temple with is fine clothes and his fancy manner.

You just wait till I catch you! I'll just beat you to the ground and ….."

Tom imagined hitting and kicking the boy. Holding him down and hitting him in the face. He continued his imaginary attack until he was satisfied.

Tom went home at noon. His conscience could not bear any more of Amy's grateful happiness, and he could stand no more of those jealous feelings.

Becky continued her picture inspections with Alfred, but as the time passed and Tom was not there to suffer, her triumph began to cloud and she lost interest.

She became sad and looked out for Tom, but he did not appear. At last she grew entirely miserable and wished she hadn't carried it so far.

Poor Alfred, seeing that he was losing her, without understanding why, kept saying: "Oh, here's a nice one! look at this!"
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Becky lost patience at last, and said, "Oh, don't bother me! I’m not interested in them!". She burst into tears, got up and walked away.

Alfred walked next to her and was going to try to comfort her, but she said:
"Go away and leave me alone! I hate you!"

So, the boy stopped, wondering what he could have done. She had said she would look at pictures all afternoon.

Becky walked away, crying. Then Alfred went slowly into the deserted schoolhouse. He was humiliated and angry. He easily arrived at the truth. She had simply taken advantage of him to get her own back on Tom Sawyer.

He hated Tom more when he realized this. He wished there was a way to get that boy into trouble without any risk to himself.

He saw Tom's spelling book on his desk. Here was his opportunity. He opened the book to the lesson for the afternoon and poured ink on the page.

Becky was looking through a window behind him and saw him do it. She moved on quickly, without Alfred knowing.

She started to walk home, now, intending to find Tom and tell him. Tom would be thankful and their troubles would be over. Before she was half way home, however, she had changed her mind.

She remembered how she had felt when she was talking about her picnic and how Tom had treated her. She decided to let him get punished for the damaged spelling book, and to hate him forever.

... to be continued!

* The text has been adapted from the Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain


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Tom Sawyer – Part Sixty-one

Before you read the text, read the following comprehension questions.
 

1. Who told Tom’s aunt that Tom had been in the room and had heard their conversation?

2. What did Tom say was his intention for visiting the house that night?

3. What gave Tom the idea to hide in the church?

4. What had Tom done that surprised his aunt in a good way?

5. Where did his aunt find the proof that Tom was telling the truth?
   

Now read the text and answer the questions.
 
Tom arrived home in a bad mood, and the first thing his aunt said to him made him feel even worse:

"Tom, I'm going to kill you!"

"Auntie, what have I done?"

"Well, you've done enough. I went over to see Sereny Harper, like an idiot, expecting her her to believe all that rubbish about that dream, when, apparently, she’d found out from Joe that you were actually here in the room and had heard everything we’d said that night. Tom, I don't know what made you do it. It makes me feel so bad to think you could let me go to Sereny Harper and make such a fool of myself and never say a word."

This was something new. Everything had seemed to Tom a good joke before, and very clever. Now it only looked mean and unkind. He looked at the floor and could not think of anything to say for a moment. Then he said:

"Auntie, I wish I hadn't done it but I didn't think."

"Oh, Tom, you never think. You never think of anything but yourself. You thought to come over here from Jackson's Island during the night to laugh at our troubles, and you thought about telling a lie about a dream, but you couldn't think to pity us and stop us feeling sad."

"Auntie, I know now it was mean, but I didn't mean to be mean. I didn't, honest. And besides, I didn't come over here to laugh at you that night."

"What did you come for, then?"

"To tell you not to worry about us, because we hadn't drowned."

"Tom, Tom, I would be more than happy to believe you’d had as good a thought as that, but you know you never did and I know it, to, Tom."

"That’s not true. I did, auntie, I swear I did."

"Oh, Tom, please don't lie. It only makes things a hundred times worse."

"I’m not lying, auntie; it's the truth. I didn’t want you to be sad. That was why I came."

"I wish I could believe that. I’d feel a lot better, Tom. I'd be happy you'd run off and acted so bad. But it doesn’t make sense. Why didn't you tell me?"Diccionario online

"Well, when you started talking about the funeral, I just got the idea to come and hide in the church, and I didn’t want to spoil it. So, I just put the bark back in my pocket and said nothing."

"What bark?"

"The bark I wrote the message on to tell you we'd gone away to be pirates. I wish you had woken up when I kissed you, honestly."

The hard lines in his aunt's face relaxed and a sudden tenderness dawned in her eyes.

"Did you kiss me, Tom?"

"Yes, I did."

"Are you sure you did, Tom?"

"Yes, I did, auntie. I’m sure."

"Why did you kiss me, Tom?"

"Because I loved you so much, and you were lying there in pain and moaning and I was so sorry."

The words sounded like the truth. The old lady could not hide a tremor in her voice when she said:

"Kiss me again, Tom! and go to school, now, and don't bother me anymore."

As soon as he left, she ran to the wardrobe and took out his jacket which Tom had gone pirating in. Then she stopped, with it in her hand, and said to herself:

"No, I can’t look. Poor boy, I’m sure he's lied about it. But it’s a good lie, a kind lie. I know the Lord will forgive him, because it was meant in a good way. But I don't want to find out it's a lie. I won't look."

She put the jacket away, and stood there, thinking. Twice she put out her hand to pick up the jacket again, and twice she stopped herself.

She reached for it again, and this time she made the excuse that: "It's a good lie. It's a good lie. I won't let it upset me."

She reached into the jacket pocket. A moment later she was reading Tom's piece of bark through flowing tears and saying: "I could forgive the boy, now, if he'd committed a million sins!"

... to be continued!

* The text has been adapted from the Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain


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