The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by: Mark Twain

Chapters 1–3

Summary Chapters 1–3

Tom’s pursuit of his “Adored Unknown” (we find out later that the girl’s name is Becky Thatcher) also helps to pinpoint his level of maturity. The fact that he is interested in a girl shows him to be mature compared to his friends, but his “showing off” for Becky, along with his melodramatic desire to die under her window after Aunt Polly falsely blames him for breaking the sugar bowl, spring from the sensitivity and sensibility of a young boy. Furthermore, the fluidity of Tom’s imagination—he moves with ease from one game or occupation to the next—testifies to his youthful manner of experiencing the world.