Адаптированная книга на английском языке «The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain».
“Where is that boy, I wonder? You, Toml”
The old lady pulled her spectacles down and looked over them about the room. Then she put them up and looked out under them. She looked puzzled for a moment, and then she said loud enough for the furniture tohear: “Well, if I find you, I’ll —”
She looked under the bed, then she went to the open door and stood in it and looked out into the garden. No Tom. So she shouted:
There was a noise behind her and she turned just in time to see a small boy opening the door of a closet. She quickly ran and caught him by his collar.
“There! I forgot about that closet. What did you do in there?”
“Nothing! Look at your hands. And look at your mouth. What is that on your hands and face?”
“I don’t know, aunt.”
“Well, I know. It’s jam, that’s what it is. I’ve told you forty times to let that jam alone. Give me that switch.”
“My! Look behind you, aunt!”
The old lady turned round, and snatched her skirts out of danger. At that moment the boy ran out of the door, jumped over the high board fence, and disappeared.
His aunt Polly stood surprised for a moment, and then broke into laughter.
“What a boy, can’t I never learn anything? Hasn’t he played me enough tricks like that by this time? But, to tell the truth, he never plays them alike two days, and how can I know what’s coming? He knows very well just how long he can torment me before I lose my temper. And he knows if he can put me off for a minute or make me laugh, it’s all down again and I can’t punish him. He’s a troublemaker, that boy, but he’s my own dead sister’s child, poor thing. Every time 1 let him off, my conscience hurts me, and every time I hit him my old heart breaks. If he misses school this afternoon, I’ll just have to make him work tomorrow, to punish him. It’s hard to make him work on Saturday, when all the boys are having holiday, but he hates work more than he hates anything else. He needs harsh discipline, and I’ve got to do some of my duty for him, or I’ll ruin the child.”
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