Scout recalls there was a brief obituary for Tom, but there was also an editorial written by Mr. Through Scout, Lee gives the reader a feel for the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, which is loosely based on Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Finally, in this chapter, Scout must try to comprehend her brother, who is friendly one moment and then turns angry at the mention of a single word. To avoid conflict, he takes on a fake persona, rather than speaking up or speaking out against injustice. Jem and Dill ask for a ride, and although hesitant at first, Atticus finally agrees to let them come along. Scout Learns About Hatred and Hypocrisy After school, Scout asks Atticus if hating Hitler is acceptable.
Scout asks her one day about Boo Radley, and Miss Maudie says that he's still alive, he just doesn't like to come outside. Chapter 25 It is now September, and Jem and Scout are about to go to sleep on their cots on the back porch. Scout assures him that she does, explaining that having it another way would be like shooting a mockingbird. Atticus, deeply moved by this revelation, asks Scout if she understands. Underwood clearly expressed anger at Tom's death. Just as in the case of the Ewells hunting out of season, some things are more important than following the letter of the law exactly. The section before her entrance, a history of Maycomb, is very long, and she decides to squat down inside her costume to rest.
Ewell won't really take any action on his threats. When Dill and Scout return to the courtroom, Atticus is making his closing remarks. When Helen came out she just fell on the dirt. That is why the children lie and say that they were playing strip poker. When the pageant begins, Scout goes backstage to prepare for her entrance. Miss Maudie is one of the only women whom Scout respects and is friendly with. He assumes that the jury will probably be back before his children return, but he does not tell them that.
Just fell down, like a giant stepped on her, as Dill described it. Ewell is allowed to hunt out of season because he is known to be an alcoholic who spends his relief money on whiskey - if he can't hunt, his children may not eat. They're still terrified, however, by the mystery of Boo. Showing his nurturing nature, Atticus took off his hat, offered his finger, and eased her down the steps. In this chapter, Lee also reveals how Scout looks to Jem for support and wisdom. The hot weather has not abated, and Jem and Scout are still sleeping on the screened back porch.
The children are incensed by what they see at the trial, unable to believe that a good black man is convicted based on the testimony of some bad white people. Summary: Chapter 24 One day in August, Aunt Alexandra invites her missionary circle to tea. Dill watched as Atticus broke the news to Tom's wife, and she fell to the ground and had to be taken into her house. He explains that her brother is going through a hard time and needs time to think. She dutifully places the bug outside. On his last day in Maycomb, Dill was walking home with Jem from the Eddy when they saw pass by in his car.
Tom was a dead man the minute opened her mouth and screamed. She interacts with him in a serious and grown-up fashion. For all her faults, Aunt Alexandra gains, by way of her stereotypes, a basically reliable understanding of the people of Maycomb. In Chapter 27, Bob Ewell reemerges, seeming intent on making trouble for anyone connected with the trial. Scout tells Miss Caroline that Walter is a Cunningham, and thinks that explanation should be enough.
Her thoughts turn to Dill, and she remembers him telling her that he and Jem ran into Atticus as they started home from swimming during the last two days of August. In his bedroom, Jem reveals his minimal growth of chest hair and tells Scout that he is going to try out for the football team in the fall. Miss Caroline doesn't understand his refusal, and a classmate asks Scout to help explain. Dill and Scout were picked up by Atticus on the way to the Robinson home, but left in the car. Atticus thinks that Jem must have done it since Scout named Jem as her protector in her story.
They sneak under a wire fence and go through a gate. In both cases, the maintaining of life Mr. A patient and loving, if somewhat unusual, father, Atticus acts as the voice of reason for his children, and later the entire town. Jem escorts her to the pageant, because Atticus is too tired to go, and Aunt Alexandra opts to stay home with him. He commiserates with Dill and offers him a drink in a paper bag. The three try to start a few games, but quickly get bored. One boy, , has no pail and refuses to accept Miss Caroline's loan of a quarter to buy something with.