Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quotes

Quote #4

"Oh, Tom, I reckon we're goners. I reckon there ain't no mistake 'bout where I'll go to. I been so wicked."

"Dad fetch it! This comes of playing hookey and doing everything a feller's told not to do. I might a been good, like Sid, if I'd a tried -- but no, I wouldn't, of course. But if ever I get off this time, I lay I'll just waller in Sunday-schools!" And Tom began to snuffle a little.

"You bad!" and Huckleberry began to snuffle too. "Consound it, Tom Sawyer, you're just old pie, 'longside o' what I am. Oh, lordy, lordy, lordy, I wisht I only had half your chance." (10.51-53)

Though Tom and Huck do not much like church or Sunday school – Huck doesn't even attend – they both worry about going to hell.

Quote #5

Then Huckleberry and Tom stood dumb and staring, and heard the stony-hearted liar reel off his serene statement, they expecting every moment that the clear sky would deliver God's lightnings upon his head, and wondering to see how long the stroke was delayed. (11.19)

Huck and Tom's version of divine judgment is, like much they do, juvenile, but their horror at watching a criminal go unpunished shows they have some moral sense.

Quote #6

The Terror of the Seas and the Black Avenger of the Spanish Main had more difficulty in getting to sleep. They said their prayers inwardly, and lying down, since there was nobody there with authority to make them kneel and recite aloud; in truth, they had a mind not to say them at all, but they were afraid to proceed to such lengths as that, lest they might call down a sudden and special thunderbolt from heaven. (13.62)

Tom and Injun Joe display that same kind of faith, a kind based on fear of judgment – which is strange, because Tom and Injun Joe have no problem actually being punished.

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