1 He took up his brush and went tranquilly to work.
2 Tom's mouth watered for the apple, but he stuck to his work.
3 So they "went it lively," panting and perspiring with the work.
4 Now the boy began to draw something on the slate, hiding his work with his left hand.
5 He hit the landing on the other side neatly, for this was a familiar bit of work to him.
6 The marvel of Nature shaking off sleep and going to work unfolded itself to the musing boy.
7 Then the girl's interest began to fasten itself upon the work and she forgot everything else.
8 When he had pulled a mile above the village, he started quartering across and bent himself stoutly to his work.
9 The sand began to work, and presently a small black bug appeared for a second and then darted under again in a fright.
10 Bringing water from the town pump had always been hateful work in Tom's eyes, before, but now it did not strike him so.
11 Huckleberry's hard pantings were his only reply, and the boys fixed their eyes on the goal of their hopes and bent to their work to win it.
12 No, sir, you can bet he didn't, becuz he's the wartiest boy in this town; and he wouldn't have a wart on him if he'd knowed how to work spunk-water.
13 He sat down and tried to seem gay, but it was up-hill work; it roused no smile, no response, and he lapsed into silence and let his heart sink down to the depths.
14 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.
15 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.
16 He picked up a clean pine shingle that lay in the moon-light, took a little fragment of "red keel" out of his pocket, got the moon on his work, and painfully scrawled these lines, emphasizing each slow down-stroke by clamping his tongue between his teeth, and letting up the pressure on the up-strokes.
17 Only the older pupils managed to keep their tickets and stick to their tedious work long enough to get a Bible, and so the delivery of one of these prizes was a rare and noteworthy circumstance; the successful pupil was so great and conspicuous for that day that on the spot every scholar's heart was fired with a fresh ambition that often lasted a couple of weeks.
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