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Tom is a hero, and Huck is not named. Muff Potter's gratitude makes Tom sure he's done the right thing, but Tom is plagued by nightmares of Injun Joe. Tom worries that he'll never be safe until Injun Joe "is dead and he had seen the corpse." Brief hope comes in the form of a detective, but nothing significant is found. Tom is left to continue worrying.
The novel doesn't address the effect these events have on Tom's friends or family. As with Tom's decision to let everyone believe he'd died but then appear at his funeral, the narration reflects Tom's characteristic solipsism. His focus is on himself. Tom's movement between concern only for himself and thinking of the feelings and well-being of others suggests the difficulties of maturing.