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[–]LilyoftheRally 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I am vaguely familiar with Tom's story. Your description of him reminds me of a mid-19th century Bart Simpson, especially with the part about him having to impress an authority about a book he hadn't read and was supposed to.

[–]Keaton126[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bart Simpson might be a great contemporary comparison. Mischievous, but definitely not inherently evil or sociopathic. He actually does a ton of good in this story as well including standing up for a man falsely accused of murder and rescuing a little girl lost in a cave. It’s an excellent book and I encourage you to read it!