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Judge Thatcher, accompanied by his wife and daughter Becky, visits the Sunday school class. Tom begins to show off, making faces and pulling people's hair, to attract Becky's attention.
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The Sunday school teacher, Mr Walters, and his assistants show off, in order to impress the visitors. The young lady teachers bend "sweetly over pupils that were lately being boxed" and the men dispense displays of authority. Judge Thatcher too shows off by looking grand. Mr Walters longs for the opportunity to award a Bible and "exhibit a prodigy. Mr Walters is astonished, as he knows that Tom cannot have memorized the necessary verses, but he cannot argue with the fact that Tom has enough tickets, and in any case, he wants to impress the Judge.
Tom is introduced to the Judge and given a place of honor with his party. The other boys are envious - especially those who gave up their tickets to Tom. Amy Lawrence, Tom's former love, tries to get Tom to meet her adoring gaze, but he will not look at her, which upsets her greatly. Judge Thatcher makes an effusive speech, predicting that Tom will one day be "a great man and a good man," and that he will look back and credit his Sunday school teachers, who taught him to learn.
The Judge asks Tom to show off more of his learning by naming the first two disciples to follow Jesus. Naturally, Tom has no clue, and answers with the first Biblical names that come to mind, David and Goliath. The minister delivers a tedious sermon that makes many of the congregation fall asleep. Tom is thoroughly bored, but his attention is momentarily drawn by a Biblical prediction that at the millennium the thousand-year period when, according to Christian belief, Christ would reign on earth the lion and the lamb would lie down together and a little child would lead them.
Tom is attracted to the idea of the fame that would be enjoyed by such a child, and "he wished he could be that child, if it was a tame lion. The bug pinches Tom, who flicks it into the aisle, where it flounders on its back. Not only Tom, but others in the congregation, find the antics of the bug more interesting than the sermon. A poodle wanders in and begins to play with the bug, which pinches the dog. The onlookers begin to laugh behind their fans and handkerchiefs. Finally, the poodle inadvertently sits on the bug, which latches onto the dog.
The dog takes off around the church, yelping, until it is thrown out of the window by its owner. By now, many members of the congregation are red-faced with suppressed laughter and all attempts at serious sentiment in the sermon only serve to increase the mirth. Tom walks home, pleased at the diversion, but slightly resenting the dog for carrying away the pinch-bug.
He pretends that he has a sore toe, but Aunt Polly does not believe him. He changes his story, claiming that he has an ache in a loose tooth. Aunt Polly says she will pull it out, which prompts Tom to say that it has suddenly stopped hurting. Aunt Polly pulls out the tooth anyway and sends Tom to school. Tom is consoled by his discovery that the gap in his teeth enables him to spit wonderfully. On his way to school, Tom meets Huckleberry Finn, the son of the town drunkard and "the juvenile pariah of the village. Tom is under orders not to play with him, "So he played with him every time he got a chance.
Tom and Huck discuss the best folk remedies to cure warts. Huck has with him a dead cat, and he plans to take it to the graveyard that night and use it in one of the wart charms. A folk tradition says that when the devil comes to collect the corpse of a wicked person, the dead cat will follow the corpse, and the warts will follow the cat, and vanish. A local man, Hoss Williams, has recently been buried, and the boys think he may be suitable bait for the devil.
Tom arranges to go with Huck to the graveyard. Tom arrives late to school, and the teacher demands an explanation. Tom is about to lie when he notices that there is a spare seat next to Becky. He knows that if he tells the truth, he will be punished by being made to sit with the girls. So he says boldly, "I stopped to talk with Huckleberry Finn!
Becky at first snubs him, but he gets her attention by giving her a peach and drawing a picture on his slate. When Becky praises the picture, Tom offers to teach her to draw in the lunch hour. She agrees. Tom writes, "I love you" on his slate. The teacher grabs him and drags him back to his usual seat. Just as Tom shows off to impress Becky, so the Sunday school teachers show off to impress Judge Thatcher and the other visitors. Even Judge Thatcher shows off, trying to look grand. Tom is able to exploit the vanity of Mr Walters, the teacher, when he presents the tickets he has won from other pupils and demands his reward of a Bible.
Perhaps if Mr Walters were not desperate to impress the eminent visitors, he would have investigated Tom's right to the Bible more carefully. But his chief concern is to "exhibit a prodigy," and so Tom gets away with his deception.
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The teacher's aim here is not to contribute to Tom's spiritual and moral growth, but to gain glory for himself. Another target of Twain's good-natured satire is the dubious tradition of memorizing scriptures in the name of producing morally upstanding citizens. Tom buys his Bible-earning tickets not by the diligent learning of scriptures but fraudulently, with "treasures" - that is, bits of trash.
Even honest students are miserably rewarded for their labors. The reward for learning a massive two thousand verses is "a very plainly bound Bible" worth only forty cents. Leastways all but the nigger. I don't know HIM.
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Now you tell me how Bob Tanner done it, Huck. Talk about trying to cure warts with spunk—water such a blame fool way as that! Why, that ain't a—going to do any good. You got to go all by yourself, to the middle of the woods, where you know there's a spunk—water stump, and just as it's midnight you back up against the stump and jam your hand in and say:. Because if you speak the charm's busted. I've took off thousands of warts off of my hands that way, Huck. I play with frogs so much that I've always got considerable many warts.
Sometimes I take 'em off with a bean. You see that piece that's got the blood on it will keep drawing and drawing, trying to fetch the other piece to it, and so that helps the blood to draw the wart, and pretty soon off she comes. That's the way Joe Harper does, and he's been nearly to Coonville and most everywheres.
But say—how do you cure 'em with dead cats? She witched pap. Pap says so his own self. He come along one day, and he see she was a—witching him, so he took up a rock, and if she hadn't dodged, he'd a got her. Well, that very night he rolled off'n a shed wher' he was a layin drunk, and broke his arm. Pap says when they keep looking at you right stiddy, they're a—witching you. Specially if they mumble.
Becuz when they mumble they're saying the Lord's Prayer backards. How could their charms work till midnight? Devils don't slosh around much of a Sunday, I don't reckon. Last time, you kep' me a—meowing around till old Hays went to throwing rocks at me and says 'Dern that cat! I couldn't meow that night, becuz auntie was watching me, but I'll meow this time.
Say—what's that? I'm satisfied with it. It's a good enough tick for me. I could have a thousand of 'em if I wanted to. Becuz you know mighty well you can't. This is a pretty early tick, I reckon. It's the first one I've seen this year.
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Tom got out a bit of paper and carefully unrolled it. Huckleberry viewed it wistfully. The temptation was very strong. At last he said:. Tom enclosed the tick in the percussion—cap box that had lately been the pinchbug's prison, and the boys separated, each feeling wealthier than before. When Tom reached the little isolated frame schoolhouse, he strode in briskly, with the manner of one who had come with all honest speed. He hung his hat on a peg and flung himself into his seat with business—like alacrity.
The master, throned on high in his great splint—bottom arm—chair, was dozing, lulled by the drowsy hum of study. The interruption roused him. He instantly said:. 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:. 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:. The titter that rippled around the room appeared to abash the boy, but in reality that result was caused rather more by his worshipful awe of his unknown idol and the dread pleasure that lay in his high good fortune. He sat down upon the end of the pine bench and the girl hitched herself away from him with a toss of her head.
Nudges and winks and whispers traversed the room, but Tom sat still, with his arms upon the long, low desk before him, and seemed to study his book. By and by attention ceased from him, and the accustomed school murmur rose upon the dull air once more. Presently the boy began to steal furtive glances at the girl. She observed it, "made a mouth" at him and gave him the back of her head for the space of a minute. When she cautiously faced around again, a peach lay before her. She thrust it away. Tom gently put it back.
She thrust it away again, but with less animosity. Tom patiently returned it to its place. Then she let it remain. Tom scrawled on his slate, "Please take it—I got more. Now the boy began to draw something on the slate, hiding his work with his left hand. For a time the girl refused to notice; but her human curiosity presently began to manifest itself by hardly perceptible signs. The boy worked on, apparently unconscious. The girl made a sort of noncommittal attempt to see, but the boy did not betray that he was aware of it. At last she gave in and hesitatingly whispered:.
Tom partly uncovered a dismal caricature of a house with two gable ends to it and a corkscrew of smoke issuing from the chimney.
Then the girl's interest began to fasten itself upon the work and she forgot everything else. When it was finished, she gazed a moment, then whispered:. The artist erected a man in the front yard, that resembled a derrick. He could have stepped over the house; but the girl was not hypercritical; she was satisfied with the monster, and whispered:. Tom drew an hour—glass with a full moon and straw limbs to it and armed the spreading fingers with a portentous fan.
The girl said:. 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.