Jem runs into the Radleys' yard and touches the outside of the house. Walter asks for some molasses and proceeds to pour it all over his meat and vegetables. She says what her papa do to her don't count. 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. Gilmer believes that Tom must be lying, must be violent, must lust after white women—simply because he is black.
All three lack the racism that the crowd of white faces in the courtroom propagates. He begins to badger the witness, asking about his motives for always helping Mayella with her chores, until Tom declares that he felt sorry for her. Summary Scout, the narrator, remembers the summer that her brother Jem broke his arm, and she looks back over the years to recall the incidents that led to that climactic event. Alexandra tries to make Atticus talk to his children about family pride, but he just ends up upsetting Scout. This is a key point that Atticus will use to try and prove Tom Robinson's innocence.
She then hugged him around the waist and asked him to kiss her. GradeSaver, 29 July 2007 Web. Mayella came out and hollered that she had some work for him to do inside the house. Link Deas's farm, where Tom picks cotton and does other farm work. Raymond promises Dill it will make him feel better. Ewell beat his own daughter, as shown by Mayella's bruising on her right side.
Gilmer asked if Tom was strong enough to choke a woman and sling her to the ground. Chapter 24 Jem and Dill have gone swimming, and wouldn't let Scout come along because they were planning to skinny dip. Atticus questions Tom, first asking whether he has ever been convicted of a crime. When he jumps off the chair, she grabbed him around the waist and startles him when she tries to kiss him. Upon learning that his father believed Tom to be innocent, Scout wants to invite over for lunch more often, but Aunt Alexandra puts her foot down, saying that the Cunninghams aren't the right sort of people for Scout to spend time with. However, it is indisputable that Mr. Scout begins to look forward to Dill's return that summer; however, she is disappointed when she receives a letter from him saying that his mother has remarried and he will be staying with his family in Meridian that summer instead.
Miss Maudie says that Atticus is someone who does other people's unpleasant jobs for them. He tries to put his left hand upon the Bible, but it is a futile effort, as his left arm is entirely non-functional. The reader has the advantage of a storyteller who can look back at a situation and see herself exactly as she was. Aunt Alexandra believes the Finch name to be a proud one, and she wants Jem and Scout to believe the same. All of this is, once again, Harper Lee giving the reader a window into Maycomb and, thus, a window into the South during this era.
She told him that the door had come off its hinges and she needed him to fix it before it got cold out. Gilmer asked if Tom thought that Mayella was lying and Tom said no and that he thought she might have gotten her thoughts confused. Jem and Atticus talk about what keeps people off of juries. Dill begins to cry, and Scout takes him out of the courtroom. From Meridian, Mississippi, Dill will be spending the summer at the nearby house of Miss Rachel Haverford, his aunt.
Scout rudely asks him what he's doing and Calpurnia gives her a lecture in the kitchen about how to treat guests - even if they're from a family like the Cunninghams. Next, Lee provides an overview of Finch family history. Scout is fairly oblivious to issues of race so, in her mind, the Ewells are incredibly low-class, so she can't understand how their word holds any merit. Atticus asked Tom when was the first time Mayella asked for help. After this, they hear a voice nearby and Mr.
Mayella stopped Tom and told him to get something on top of a tall dresser. Ewell, who has been publicly discredited by the trial, just needs to feel like he is retaliating against someone, and better it be Atticus than the Ewell children. Jem insists on following his father to the jail, no doubt because he understands just what is going on and is concerned for his father's safety. They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it - seems like only children weep. Avery, Miss Stephanie, and Miss Rachel discussing something with animation in the street. Gilmer made it seem as if just because Tom's testimony contradicted Mayella's, he was calling her a liar.
Suddenly Atticus enters the house and requests Aunt Alexandra and Calpurnia's presence in the kitchen. After the service, Reverend Syke's takes up a collection of money for Tom Robinson's wife, who has not been able to find work since her husband was brought up on charges of raping a white woman. One of the men tells Atticus that he needs to make his children leave, and he obviously means this as a threat. A swept yard was typically kept neat and clean using straw sagebrush brooms. Mayella asked him to come inside and fix a broken door, but when he got inside the house, the door didn't look broken.