St. Petersburg Street Journal

Missing Boys!


A few days ago, three mischievous boys in their adolescence were on their way to school. They never came home. Their names are Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Joe Harper. The last time they they were seen was when they were walking to school; Sawyer and Harper's mothers told us earlier that they were mad at Tom and Joe, and that might have been the cause for their disappearance. They are believed to have drowned while sailing in the river. On the contrary, I assume a different cause. I think that they were walking in the forest and were lured by river nymphs to run away with them. Superstition says that nymphs can be very persuasive and can lead people to drowning themselves in the river. I think that this unfortunate event happened to these innocent boys.

Entering Twain Territory

Interview with Mark Twain

Q: Mr. Twain, in your new book, I enjoyed your allusion to Robin Hood when the boys were playing games on the island. Why did you choose that particular allusion.

A: Many boys my age were fascinated by outlaws during the time period of this book, and I believe that Robin Hood is one of the most famous outlaws in literature.

Q: Some people are critical of the dialect put into your book. What is your reply?

A: Sorrow is in my heart, for they cannot experience the eloquent nature of dialect. I wanted my book to be true to my birthplace and it's people.

Q: In your book, I admire the strength of the relationship between Tom and Joe. What inspired you to come up with these characters?

A: In my youth, I knew many boys just like Tom and Joe. They would do many mischievous acts together in their strong bond of friendship.

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