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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer | Study Guide

Mark Twain

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer | Chapter 27 | Summary



Tom dreams of the events at the house. He seeks out Huck, and they decide to try to find the hiding place Joe and the other man discussed. After a little research into the local taverns and deductions about what they've seen, they settle on a room in Temperance Tavern as a likely possibility. They decide to watch and find out more. In the meantime they agree to gather all the keys they can find to try to open the door of the room in the tavern.


Notably, by this point in the novel, Tom's primary companion is Huck. The novel began with Joe Harper as Tom's closest friend, and Tom's days included time in the schoolroom, playacting, and pranks. At this point, Huck is his closest confidant. As the reader has seen, Huck is not a part of the boyhood world. He engages in play when invited, but neither school nor reading boys' stories is a part of his life. Instead Huck is the one who teaches the others to smoke and advises Tom not to speak of the murder they witnessed.

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