CHAPTER III

T OM presented himself before Aunt Polly, who was sitting by an open window in a pleasant rearward apartment, which was bedroom, breakfast- room, dining-room, and library, combined. The balmy summer air, the restful quiet, the odor of the flowers, and the drowsing murmur of the bees had had their effect, and she was nodding over her knitting--for she had no company but the cat, and it was asleep in her lap. Her spectacles were propped up on her gray head for safety. She had thought that of course Tom had deserted long ago, and she wondered at seeing him place himself in her power again in this intrepid way. He said: "Mayn't I go and play now, aunt?"

"What, a'ready? How much have you done?"

"It's all done, aunt."

"Tom, don't lie to me--I can't bear it."

"I ain't, aunt; it is all done."

Aunt Polly placed small trust in such evidence. She went out to see for herself; and she would have been content to find twenty per cent. of Tom's statement true. When she found the entire fence whitewashed, and not only whitewashed but elaborately coated and recoated, and even a streak added to the ground, her astonishment was almost unspeakable. She said:

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  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xi
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 12
  • Chapter III 20
  • Chapter IV 29
  • Chapter V 43
  • Chapter VI 50
  • Chapter VII 65
  • Chapter VIII 73
  • Chapter IX 80
  • Chapter X 89
  • Chapter XI 98
  • Chapter XII 104
  • Chapter XIII 111
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  • Chapter XV 129
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  • Chapter XVII 149
  • Chapter XVIII 154
  • Chapter XIX 166
  • Chapter XX 170
  • Chapter XXI 177
  • Chapter XXII 185
  • Chapter XXIII 189
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  • Chapter XXV 200
  • Chapter XXVI 209
  • Chapter XXVII 220
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  • Chapter XXX 239
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