"Tom Sawyer"
by Mark Twain

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     "Auntie, I wish I hadn't done it--but I didn't think."

     "Oh, child, you never think. You never think of anything but your own selfishness. You could think to come all the way over here from Jackson's Island in the night to laugh at our troubles, and you could think to fool me with a lie about a dream; but you couldn't ever think to pity us and save us from sorrow."

     "Auntie, I know now it was mean, but I didn't mean to be mean. I didn't, honest. And besides, I didn't come over here to laugh at you that night."

     "What did you come for, then?"


     "It was to tell you not to be uneasy about us, because we hadn't got drownded."

     "Tom, Tom, I would be the thankfullest soul in this world if I could believe you ever had as good a thought as that, but you know you never did--and I know it, Tom."

     "Indeed and 'deed I did, auntie--I wish I may never stir if I didn't."

     "Oh, Tom, don't lie--don't do it. It only makes things a hundred times worse."

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