"Tom Sawyer"
by Mark Twain

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     "I stopped to talk with Huckleberry Finn!"

     The master's pulse stood still, and he stared helplessly. The buzz of study ceased. The pupils wondered if this foolhardy boy had lost his mind. The master said:

     "You--you did what?"

     "Stopped to talk with Huckleberry Finn."

     There was no mistaking the words.

     "Thomas Sawyer, this is the most astounding confession I have ever listened to. No mere ferule will answer for this offence. Take off your jacket."


     The master's arm performed until it was tired and the stock of switches notably diminished. Then the order followed:

     "Now, sir, go and sit with the girls! And let this be a warning to you."

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