"Tom Sawyer"
by Mark Twain

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     "No, I don't care for rats much, anyway. What I like is chewing-gum."

     "Oh, I should say so! I wish I had some now."

     "Do you? I've got some. I'll let you chew it awhile, but you must give it back to me."

     That was agreeable, so they chewed it turn about, and dangled their legs against the bench in excess of contentment.

     "Was you ever at a circus?" said Tom.

     "Yes, and my pa's going to take me again some time, if I'm good."


     "I been to the circus three or four times--lots of times. Church ain't shucks to a circus. There's things going on at a circus all the time. I'm going to be a clown in a circus when I grow up."

     "Oh, are you! That will be nice. They're so lovely, all spotted up."

     "Yes, that's so. And they get slathers of money--most a dollar a day, Ben Rogers says. Say, Becky, was you ever engaged?"

     "What's that?"

     "Why, engaged to be married."

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