How would you interpret this sentence?
A better day, the manuscript set aside awhile in favor of honest work, as Lev would call it. Painted the dining room, the wainscot between the battens, war surplus paint but a decent color, flannel gray. The neighbor kindly donated an old dining table she doesn’t use, and a son’s Saturday help for the painting. A regular Tom Sawyer. Paid him two bits, but suspect he’d rather have had the dead rat and string to swing it with.
How would you interpret this sentence ‘A regular Tom Sawyer’, especially the ‘regular’ in the sentence?
By the way, does the last sentence have any hidden meaning?
Thanks!And how would you interpret the first sentence: in favor of honest work?
Does it mean that he set the manuscript aside until he was in a better state?