"He said cautiously-to imaginary company: “Hold, my merry men! Keep hid till I blow."
Now appeared Joe Harper, as airily clad and elaborately armed as Tom. Tom called:
"Hold! Who comes here into Sherwood Forest without my pass?"
"Guy of Guisborne wants no man's pass. Who art thou that—that—"
"Dares to hold such language," said Tom, prompting—for they talked "by the book," from memory.
"Who art thou that dares to hold such language?"
"I, indeed! I am Robin Hood, as thy caitiff”
“Carcase soon shall know."
"Then art thou indeed that famous outlaw? Right gladly will I dispute with thee the passes of the merry wood. Have at thee!"
They took their lath swords, dumped their other traps on the ground, struck a fencing attitude, foot to foot, and began a grave, careful combat, "two up and two down." Presently Tom said:
"Now, if you've got the hang, go it lively!"
So they "went it lively," panting and perspiring with the work.”
That passage shows how much fun and how far their imaginations run when they are together. Joe is such a fun character who adds a lot of life to the book and despite the book not having much comedy, Joe does have the role of the comedic relief character. Joe has so much detail to him and is one of the most well described characters in this book. He is described well enough to be a lead character in most other books, but this was written by Mark Twain so even characters that are mentioned once are greatly described. Joe Harper is very loyal and I want to see that featured even more in Tom Sawyer.