Aunt Polly finds Tom in the pantry where he has been eating forbidden jam

Aunt Polly finds Tom in the pantry where he has been eating forbidden jam

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Aunt Polly finds Tom in the pantry where he has been eating forbidden jam. As she gets a switch,  Tom convinces her that something is behind her. As she turns, he escapes, leaving her to  contemplate how he constantly plays tricks on her. She is concerned whether or not she is "doing her  duty by him," but because he is her dead sister's child, she cannot bring herself to be harsh with him. That afternoon, Tom plays hooky from school, and at supper that night, Aunt Polly tries to trap him  into revealing that he skipped school. Tom is able to avert her questioning, until Sid, Tom's brother,  squelches on him. Before Aunt Polly can say more, Tom escapes. Heading into town, Tom meets a stranger, "a boy larger than himself" and dressed up like a "city  slicker." He and Tom get into a fight. Tom gets the better of the other boy and follows him home. The  boy's mother appears and calls Tom a "bad vicious, vulgar child" and orders him away. When Tom 
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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