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In Tom Sawyer, Tom gets punished for skipping school after he disappoints his aunt. This is how he feels: “Then he betook himself to his seat, rested his elbows on his desk and his jaws in his hands, and stared at the wall with the stony stare of suffering that has reached the limit and can no further go.” This means that:

A Tom feels that his suffering is great, because it is all he thinks about.

Tom is caught up in his own guilt, so he thinks that he is suffering more than he actually is.