"Tom Sawyer"
by Mark Twain

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     "Good--that's a whack. What's your name?"

     "Becky Thatcher. What's yours? Oh, I know. It's Thomas Sawyer."

     "That's the name they lick me by. I'm Tom when I'm good. You call me Tom, will you?"


     Now Tom began to scrawl something on the slate, hiding the words from the girl. But she was not backward this time. She begged to see. Tom said:

     "Oh, it ain't anything."


     "Yes it is."

     "No it ain't. You don't want to see."

     "Yes I do, indeed I do. Please let me."

     "You'll tell."

     "No I won't--deed and deed and double deed won't."

     "You won't tell anybody at all? Ever, as long as you live?"

     "No, I won't ever tell anybody. Now let me."

     "Oh, you don't want to see!"

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