MOST of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred;
one or two were experiences of my own, the rest those of boys
who were schoolmates of mine. Huck Finn is drawn from life;
Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual -- he is a combination
of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew, and therefore
belongs to the composite order of architecture.
The odd superstitions touched upon were all prevalent among children
and slaves in the West at the period of this story -- that is to say,
thirty or forty years ago.
Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment
of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women
on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly
remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of
how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises
they sometimes engaged in.
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ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER