Chapter 37: For their plan, they steal one of Uncle Silas shirts. This causes quite a stir, because Aunt Sally blames her husband for losing his own clothes. Besides the shirt, they also hide a rope ladder in a pie they make, telling Jim to dig it out when he eats the pie. Thus, the needless escape rituals continue.
Chapter 38: The antics become even more ridiculous, as Tom insists that wild animals be put into the shack to befriend Jim.
Chapter 39: The intricate plan continues, with Tom insisting that Jim keep a journal as well. It seems the runaway slave is becoming a little weary of all of the games.>