Growing Up 5: Tom’s experience in the graveyard is disturbing his natural way of doing things. He talks in his sleep and avoids the usual superstitious games the boys play. Instead, he visits Muff Potter in jail, giving him food and tobacco. This is a different side of the normally mischievous, playful Tom. Since he has sworn not to tell anyone about the murder, and is deathly scared of what Injun Joe would do to him, the only way he can cope with the situation is performing small acts of kindness for Potter. This is the initial step from boy to adult that he takes.
Growing Up 6: In running away, Tom and Joe have committed themselves to something much bigger than simple play. They feel very guilty over stealing. For the first time, their actions seem to have consequences. The reality of running away to become pirates is very different than simply pretending. They might talk of the robbing and killing they will do as pirates, but actual crimes such as stealing food seem unacceptable. Only when they each decide that they will not steal can they go to sleep.
Huck feels no such guilt, because he isn’t constricted by the civilized rules Tom and Joe were raised with. Growing Up 7: This chapter illustrates the conflict between the boy and the man in Tom. The adult part of Tom makes him return home. He plans to leave a note for Aunt Polly assuring her that they are alive, because he is concerned for her and doesn’t want anyone to be worried about them.
... a witness. Tom, his friend Joe Harper, and Huck Finn decide to become pirates. The three boys find a raft ... their hands at this fun game. Each boy gives Tom some sort of prize for allowing him to ... sure enough he does. During the afternoon, Tom meets a boy from St. Louis with whom he fights. ... the gold coins to Injun Joe's other hideout. The terrified boys overhear Injun Joe planning a horrible revenge ...
When he actually hears how upset everyone is, he considers giving up and telling everyone where they are. However, he chooses to stay hidden and not leave a note. Instead, he has a grand idea-a boy’s idea-of how to solve his problem, and leaves.