THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER - online book

Original Illustrated Version By Mark Twain

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DENTISTRY.
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" O, please auntie, don't pull it out. It don't hurt any more. I wish I may never stir if it does. Please don't, auntie, Idon't want to stay home from school."
" Oh, you don't, don't you? So all this row was because you thought you'd get to stay home from school and go a fishing ? Tom, Tom, I love you so, and you
seem to try every way you can to break my old heart with your outrageousness." By this time the dental instruments were ready. The old lady made one end of the silk thread fast to Tom's tooth with a loop and tied the other to the bed-post. Then she seized the chunk of fire and suddenly thrust it almost into the boy's face. The tooth hung dangling by the bedpost, now.
But all trials bring their compensations. As Tom wended to school after breakfast, he was the envy of every boy he met because the gap in his upper row of teeth enabled him- to expectorate in a new and admirable way. He gathered quite a fol≠lowing of lads interested in the exhibition;
DENTISTRY.
and one that had cut his finger and had been a centre of fascination and homage up to this time, now found himself suddenly without an adherent, and shorn of his glory. His heart was heavy, and he said with a disdain which he did not feel, that it wasn't anything to spit like
Tom Sawyer; but another boy said " Sour grapes! " and he wandered away a dis≠mantled hero.
Shortly Tom came upon the juvenile pariah of the village, Huckleberry Finn,
son of the town drunkard. Huckleberry was cordially hated and dreaded by all
the mothers of the town, because he was idle, and lawless, and vulgar and badó
and because all their children admired him so, and delighted in his forbidden
society, and wished they dared to be like him. Tom was like the rest of the