Atticus comments that too many people are sent to death based upon purely circumstantial evidence. Atticus asks whether Tom helped Mayella more than the once. Jem tries to cheer her up and proudly shows her the beginnings of chest hair, which Scout pretends to see and congratulates him on. Isn't running away evidence of guilt? The ability to maintain an appearance of tact and civility above all other events strikes Scout as an appealing skill. The prosecution rests, and Atticus calls only one witness—Tom Robinson.
. Dill's comment about being a clown follows his tendency for escapism. However, when he tried the door he found nothing wrong with it. The two of them go, leaving Aunt Alexandra to tell Miss Maudie in the kitchen that she's concerned about Atticus. Raymond is involved with a black woman and has several children with her. Atticus then takes Scout and the other children home. Another lady says that Northerners are hypocrites who claim to give blacks equal standing but actually don't mix socially with them, whereas in the South people are very up-front about their lack of desire to share the same lifestyle.
One of the men tells Atticus that he needs to make his children leave, and he obviously means this as a threat. Ewell shows a lack of understanding for the ultimate possibility for evil inherent in some people. He and his children -- how many there are, no one knows for sure -- live in a run down cabin behind the town garbage dump. Gilmer was being so awful to Tom. Scout believes Dill is sick from the heat. However, it is indisputable that Mr.
Atticus turned the witness over to cross-examination, but before began his questioning, Mr. Instead, he goes so far as to say he pitied her. Scout tells the story from an adult point-of-view but with a child's eye and voice, which gives the story a good deal of humor and wit. Dill's feeling of illness during Mr. She then asked Tom to get a box down from her dresser. She told him that the door had come off its hinges and she needed him to fix it before it got cold out. Gilmer talked to Tom and the politeness Atticus showed to Mayella.
Despite the unfavorable verdict, the black community pays tribute to Atticus for the respect he has shown their community and the human race. As the trial progresses, it seems that Atticus has an airtight defense for Tom Robinson. Tom jumped and knocked over the chair. This causes quite a bit of commotion in the courtroom, but when it settles down, Mr. Mayella shut the door behind Tom and was acting strange. Expecting it to be the sheriff and his crew, Scout jumps out of hiding to greet them.
Meanwhile, she and Jem can't believe that anyone could convict Tom because he is so clearly innocent. In this section of the novel, Aunt Alexandra seems to be representative of the outside world and adulthood. As Tom testified, decided that Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest person in the world. Tom tried to explain that he had wanted to help her because no one else would and he said that he felt sorry for her because she had no help. Where a person comes from — his ancestry — is important, and like many small towns, Maycomb's citizens are suspicious of outsiders.
Link Deas stood up and shouted that he wanted everyone to know the Tom had worked for him for 8 years and had never caused him trouble and was a good man. As he points out, Mayella wants to protect herself by placing her guilt on Tom, knowing that her actions will bring about his death because the jury will believe her, a white woman, and not him, a black man. Calpurnia, who is minding the children, takes Jem and Scout to her church one day. Atticus began by asking several questions to paint a picture of who Tom was. Jem explains to Dill that Atticus is showing Tom has nothing to hide by admitting to a thirty day sentence for disorderly conduct.
She has no friends or family to stick up for her. Tom tries to get away from her, but Bob Ewell appears at the window, swearing at the both of them. Next, Tom Robinson is called to the stand. Despite the fact that Mayella has doomed him a likely terrible sentence, he does not criticize her. When running from the courthouse, Dill and Scout run into Mr. Thus, he pretends to be a drunkard. One's social survival depends on how well he or she follows the rules.
Scout thought that Dill was just over heated or something and they sat under a large oak tree for some shade. As a black man, he didn't dare mishandle or strike a white woman because he would be strung up for it, so his only other choice was to run, which looked like a sign of guilt. Dill tells Scout he is upset by what he has seen, especially by how Mr. While he was on the chair, she grabbed him around the legs, and it scared him. Everyone is silent and still, and Scout feels the sensation of chilliness in the room.