All they had to look up too

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"By the 1880's the dime novel had evolved to include urban as well as western settings, detective heroes as well as cowboys. In the westerns still being written, "blood and thunder" increased dramatically, while the detective fictions presented descriptions of crime quite disturbing to parents of boy readers." (p.43)

It was these novels that gave the young boys the ideas to pretend and play. Of course for Tom and Huck their story was about using these dime novels for ideas on how to be highway robbers and  steal treasure from the middle eastern pirates.

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