Tom Sawyer's Fence - Hannibal, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wampa-One
N 39° 42.715 W 091° 21.471
15S E 640764 N 4397073
Quick Description: Fence which the title character tricks his friends into painting for him.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 11/26/2008 11:04:52 AM
Waymark Code: WM5854
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member BillsBayou
Views: 28

Long Description:
Tom gave up the brush with reluctance in his face, but alacrity in his heart. And while the late steamer Big Missouri worked and sweated in the sun, the retired artist sat on a barrel in the shade close by, dangled his legs, munched his apple, and planned the slaughter of more innocents. There was no lack of material; boys happened along every little while; they came to jeer, but remained to whitewash. By the time Ben was fagged out, Tom had traded the next chance to Billy Fisher for a kite, in good repair; and when he played out, Johnny Miller bought in for a dead rat and a string to swing it with – and so on, and so on, hour after hour. And when the middle of the afternoon came, from being a poor poverty-stricken boy in the morning, Tom was literally rolling in wealth. He had besides the things before mentioned, twelve marbles,part of a jews-harp, a piece of blue bottle-glass to look through, a spool cannon, a key that wouldn’t unlock anything, a fragment of chalk, a glass stopper of a decanter, a tin soldier, a couple of tadpoles, six fire-crackers, a kitten with only one eye, a brass door-knob, a dog-collar – but no dog – the handle of a knife, four pieces of orange-peel, and a dilapidated old window sash.

He had had a nice, good, idle time all the while – plenty of company – and the fence had three coats of whitewash on it! If he hadn’t run out of whitewash he would have bankrupted every boy in the village.

Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all. He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it – namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain. If he had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. And this would help him to understand why constructing artificial flowers or performing on a tread-mill is work, while rolling ten-pins or climbing Mont Blanc is only amusement. There are wealthy gentlemen in England who drive four-horse passenger-coaches twenty or thirty miles on a daily line, in the summer, because the privilege costs them considerable money; but if they were offered wages for the service, that would turn it into work and then they would resign.

The boy mused awhile over the substantial change which had taken place in his worldly circumstances, and then wended toward headquarters to report.

~ selection from Chapter Two of Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer" (1876) (visit link)
Short Description: Here stood the board fence which Tom Sawyer persuaded his gang to pay him for the privelege of whitewashing. Tom say by and saw that it was well done.

Book Title: Tom Sawyer

First Year Published: 1876

Author's Name: Mark Twain

Name of Waymarked Item: Tom Sawyer's Fence

Location of Item: Hannibal, MO

More Information:
Free to see the fence, there is an admission charge to the nearby Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum.


Admission Price?: Not Listed

Link to more information about the book or waymarked item.: Not listed

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