‘Where’s that boy now? You Tom!’
The old lady stood up, went up to the door and opened it. Looking out into the garden she shouted:
Tom! If I catch you, I’ll…’
Suddenly she heard something behind her. She turned around and saw a small boy opening the door of a closet. She ran and caught him by his collar.
Tom! What have you been doing in this closet?’
‘Nothing? And what have you got on your hands and face?’
‘I don’t know, Aunt Polly.’
‘Well, I know. It’s jam. I’ve told you forty times not to touch that jam …’
‘Look behind you, Aunt!’
The old lady turned around. At that moment the boy ran out of the door,
jumped over the fence, and disappeared among the trees. His aunt Polly was angry for a moment, and then started to laugh.
I can never learn anything. Oh, that boy! He won’t go to school this afternoon, and I’ll have to make him work tomorrow. And he won’t like it because tomorrow is Saturday and all other boys got holidays.’
Of course, Tom didn’t go to school that afternoon, and neither did his best friend, Joe Harper. Together they went to the woods and played Robin Hood. Tom was the brave robber, and Joe was the terrible Sheriff of Nottingham. Then Joe became Robin, and Tom played all his men. In the evening they met Huckelberry Finn, a boy with no house and no mother, and a father who was always drunk. All the boys wanted to be like Huck because he didn’t have to go to school. Tom and Joe loved playing with him. That evening they were three Indian chiefs at war. The war was long and it was already midnight when Tom went back to his room through the window.
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