Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #7

Though the morning was cold, Tom was happy and warm;
So if all do their duty they need not fear harm. (23-24)

This description reminds us of the children playing in the dream, but it's more than a little weird. Tom shouldn't be happy, since he's living a pretty rough life, right? But he just woke up from an awesome dream, and that dream seems to help him get through the day.

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