The St. Peters' Reader

Missing Boys and an Interview with Mark Twain

May 29, 1849

By Eric Chen, Editor-in-Chief

Three Missing Boys

This just in! The infamous boys of St. Petersburg have been reported missing after being absent at home for a day or two. Their parents all had a fight with their respective children the day before they disappeared. The guardian of Tom Sawyer, Aunt Polly, had said,
"I done did it. Oh, my poor Tom! What if they all ran away?"
Volunteers are conducting a search for Tom, Joe, and Huckleberry right now. The sheriff has suggested they had drowned or been eaten by wild animals, but people are still searching.
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Join in the search for the missing boys!

A Brief Interview With Mark Twain

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Question 1

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: "Well, I chose that 'cause it fit the image of the boys as 'rebels' and 'outlaws', just like Robin Hood was!"

Question 2

Q: "Why did you include the part of the story where Tom ad his friends run away? Doesn't that just interrupt the main plot?"

A: "Actually, I included that particular scene because it really showed the boys' maturing as they grow older - even though they made a dumb decision in running away, they were pretty mature in deciding to come back."

Question 3

Q: "One final question - what happens to Muff Potter and Injun Joe in the end?"

A: "They run away and get married. I thought you read the book already!"

This concludes our interview with Mark Twain.
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