"Tom Sawyer"
by Mark Twain

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     THERE was something about Aunt Polly's manner, when she kissed Tom, that swept away his low spirits and made him lighthearted and happy again. He started to school and had the luck of coming upon Becky Thatcher at the head of Meadow Lane. His mood always determined his manner. Without a moment's hesitation he ran to her and said:

     "I acted mighty mean today, Becky, and I'm so sorry. I won't ever, ever do that way again, as long as ever I live--please make up, won't you?"

     The girl stopped and looked him scornfully in the face:


     "I'll thank you to keep yourself to yourself, Mr. Thomas Sawyer. I'll never speak to you again."

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