In a message dated 97-02-24 11:42:14 EST, you write:

>> Would anyone know of a collection of essays that addresses Twain's "a
>> law of human action"? Thanks in advance.
>> Takashi SUZUKI
>> Nihon University
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>Takashi Suzuki,
>Is that a quote from _Tom Sawyer_?  If so, which chapter?  I don't
>understand exactly what you are looking for.
>Good luck,
>larry marshburne

Larry Marshburne,

The quote in question comes from chapter 2 of SAWYER:
     Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all.  He
had discovered      a great law of human action, without knowing it--namely,
that in order to make a man      or a boy covet a thing, it is only
to make the thing difficult to attain.
This comes near the end of the chapter after the whitewashing incident.

-Shawn Fitzpatrick.