Original Illustrated Version By Mark Twain

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He had had a nice, good, idle time all the while—plenty of company—and the fence had three coats of whitewash on it! If he hadn't run out of whitewash, he would have bankrupted every boy in the village.
Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all. He had dis­covered a great law of human action, without knowing it—namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing
difficult to attain. If he had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. And this would help him to understand why constructing artificial flowers or performing on a tread­mill is work, while rolling ten-pins or climb­ing Mont Blanc is only amusement. There are wealthy gentlemen in England who drive four-horse passenger-coaches twenty or thirty miles on a daily line, in the sum­mer, because the privilege costs them con­siderable money; but if they were offered wages for the service, that would turn it into
amusement.                        work and then they would resign.
The boy mused a while over the substantial change which had taken place in his worldly circumstances, and then wended toward head-quarters to report.