In the second chapter of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the protagonist is in a spot of bother. He has been involved in another scrap and as punishment is tasked by Aunt Polly to spend his precious Saturday whitewashing ‘thirty yards of board-fence nine feet high’. It seemed that a bleak day lay ahead for poor Tom, yet in a matter of hours boys from the town were queuing up to take a turn with the brush. Not only that, but they were paying Tom for the privilege.
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