(This is the edited Chapter 2 from Tom Sawyer that Parker, Brady and I read it at our show at Sunduance 2012!  



The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain

Chapter 2


Saturday morning was come, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life. 

Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. Thirty yards of board fence nine feet high. Life to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden. Sighing, he dipped his brush and passed it along the topmost plank; repeated the operation; did it again; compared the insignificant whitewashed streak with the far-reaching continent of unwhitewashed fence, and sat down on a tree-box discouraged. 

He began to think of the fun he had planned for this day, and his sorrows multiplied. Soon the free boys would come tripping along on all sorts of delicious expeditions, and they would make a world of fun of him for having to work. The very thought of it burnt him like fire. But at this dark and hopeless moment, an inspiration burst upon him! Nothing less than a great, magnificent inspiration.

He took up his brush and went tranquilly to work. Ben Rogers heaved into sight presently, the very boy, of all boys, whose ridicule he had been dreading. He was eating an apple, and impersonating the Big Missouri steamboat.


Stop her, sir! Ting-a-ling-ling!


The headway ran almost out, and he drew up...

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  • 100_21081
    Mark Twain is a genius
    Mar 11, 2012
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    Huh how funny this year for our eighth grade play we did that play.... I was the strict teacher even though I'm not mean in real life though haha!!!
    Jul 24, 2012
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    I know there have been some strong opinions in the opposite direction on this, but I need to say that I really enjoyed this part of the show. I enjoyed the fact it didn't feel overly rehearsed, if at all? because I could literally feel the risk in it; it felt more vulnerable and genuine. I will be reMIXing & making art from it, for sure <3
    Jan 31, 2012
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