"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you LIKE it?"
The brush continued to move.
"Like it? Well, I don't see why I oughtn't to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?”
[Excerpt From: Twain, Mark. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Chapter 2]
Manipulation is a skill, an art, and a way of life. In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, Tom has a gift for manipulating others in such way that he, in effect, creates adventures for himself and his companions. Through Toms creativity and leadership, he is the master manipulator who consistently uses his trickery to sell his "agenda". When Tom's Aunt Polly becomes aware that Tom has played "hooky" from school, she is dismayed and punishes him by assigning him the task of white washing a "continent" of fence. Tom is distressed to hear that his aunt has discovered his actions. Tom retreaded to the walkway outside of the fence he was about to whitewash. It was a brutally, hot day, and Tom's bare back slowly sizzled from the glistening rays of the hot sun. His arm went back and forth over the rugged fence, as if it were on a timer, and he finally realizes that this task is not something he wants to complete on his own. Tom uses his manipulation skills and salesmanship to prove to his fellows peers that whitewashing is a great activity:
“Like it? Well, I don't see why I oughtn't to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?” [Excerpt From: Twain, Mark. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Chapter 2]