"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" tells the story of Tom and his friend, Huckleberry Finn, two boys who get into a lot of trouble. "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" was released in 1876 and written by Mark Twain.Know More
Tom lives with his aunt Polly and often gets into trouble. Aunt Polly tells him to whitewash the fence, so he tells his friends that painting the fence is fun and they beg him to let them help. Tom falls in love with a new girl, Becky, but she finds out that he liked another girl before and breaks up with him. Tom and Huckleberry visit a graveyard and witness the murder of Dr. Robinson at the hands of Injun Joe.
Tom, Huck and their friend Joe run away and the town thinks they are dead. Tom sneaks back home to watch the commotion and decides to return during his funeral. Back at school, Tom takes the blame for ripping a book that Becky had damaged and gets back on her good side. Tom testifies against Injun Joe in court but Joe escapes the courthouse. In the summer, the boys go hunting for treasure.
They find Injun Joe who is looking to bury treasure somewhere. Huck stays to watch while Tom goes on a school picnic. He and Becky go into McDougal's Cave and get lost for days. Huck reports Injun Joe's plan to hurt Widow Douglas and Injun Joe runs to hide in McDougal's Cave. Tom and Becky see him and manage to hide and escape the cave. They tell the town that Injun Joe is in there and the town blocks up the cave. Tom and Huck discover where Joe hid the gold in the caves near his corpse.Learn more about Classics
"The Monkey's Paw," a short story by W.W. Jacobs, tells the story of a family that receives the mummified paw of a monkey from a guest, who tells them that whoever possesses the monkey's paw gets three wishes. However, when they try to use the wishes, there are horrible consequences.Full Answer >
"The Punishment" tells the story of two brothers and their wives and the unjust circumstances that arise when one brother, Dukhiram, kills his wife Radha. It is a story that examines the position of women in Bengali society during the late 1800s.Full Answer >
The short story "The Loons," written by Margaret Laurence, tells the story of Piquette Tonnerre, a girl of mixed racial descent who struggles to adapt to her nonwelcoming surroundings. Laurence describes Piquette's journey through life with the help of Vanessa, another girl who befriends Piquette after being introduced by her father.Full Answer >
Anna Sewell's 1877 novel "Black Beauty" is an autobiographical memoir told by the horse who gives the book its name that starts with the horse's whimsical days as a young colt before moving on toward tough times hauling cabs in London and ending with a peaceful rest in the country. Each phase of his story brings him many stories of compassion, but he also gives many accounts of cruelty. The chapters each have a lesson inside them that relates to the sympathetic and insightful ways that people ought to behave.Full Answer >