My brother Jem got injured in a football accident went he was younger. He was 4 years my senior. Atticus was my dad. Simon Finch was my ancestor and he hired slaves in the past. He worked hard to make a living before passing on. It was tradition for the men to continue working on Simon’s land. My dad was admitted to the bar and didn’t continue of farming. He didn’t like criminal law as there was discrimination in terms of treatment of criminals and the justice meted out. John Hale Finch was my dad’s brother. He studied medicine from my dad’s funding. We all lived in a town called Maycomb. It was boring and there nothing to do or see. We had a cook named Calpurnia. I hated her as she liked to complain to Dad about my behaviour. Dad often sided with her too! My mum passed away when I was only two. Dubose and Radley were our neighbours and I didn’t like them. One day, Dill came to us. He introduced himself to me as Charles Baker Harris. Dill started talking to Jem, my brother. Dill was a short guy, even shorter than me. Dill did fit in well with my family and started playing with my brother. Now, he wanted to get Boo Radley out. We all dared not to enter the Radley’s place. Most families were suspicious of the Radley’s and the evil things they were capable of. The Radley’s didn’t interact with others. They didn’t have screen doors nor welcome any visitors. Their son mixed with the wrong crowd and was very rowdy. His son was charged for misbehaving in public. Boo Radley was 33 and was locked in the courthouse basement for acting weird. Mr Radley did much to ensure that Boo was not seen by the public. Apparently, Mr Radley was old and dying. When he passed on, his son took over. Now, Dill was interested in the Radleys and wanted to explore more. Dill dared Jem to go ahead to the Radley’s house. Jem was indeed afraid and cowardly. Jem started off by just touching his house.
Dill left us and I was about to start school. Jem didn’t want me to bother him when he was at school. Miss Caroline Fisher was my school teacher. The teacher didn’t want me learning to read on my own as it would undo her learning capabilities and styles. Now, I was bored in class and starting writing to Dill. My name was Jean Louise. The teacher gave a quarter to Walter even though he lied about why he didn’t bring his lunch to school. Walter’s father was one of Atticus’ clients. The Cunninghams often owed people money and didn’t like to pay. They were country folk and didn’t have money. Therefore, they paid us in food. I was made to stand in a corner when I interrupted Caroline’s teaching. Caroline was pretty to say the least.
Jem invited Walter back for dinner. He boasted that he touched the wall of the Radley’s. Walter was mature in his thinking and conversed with dad over farm produce. Apparently, I remarked something about their family which my cook didn’t like to hear. She was furious about how haughty I spoke. Dad told me to appreciate Cal as she was useful in the house. Little Chuck was a gentleman who was very cool about stuff at school. Another student introduced himself as Burris Ewell. He was a rude guy who didn’t care much about authority. Apparently, the Ewell’s didn’t treat school seriously and only attended whenever they wished. He was a pure meanie. Burris was furious when he left the school, cursing at Caroline when she left. Caroline cried after that. Cal admitted that she missed Jem and I. Now, she was sorry for her actions. Dad explained why I needed to go to school even though the Ewells didn’t. The Ewells didn’t obey the law and didn’t get punished for it. I struck a deal with my dad to be home schooled.
‘First of all, if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.’ Atticus
I used the Dewey decimal system. I found gum near a tree and started chewing it. Under Jem’s instructions, I spat it out. We found some coins in a hiding spot in a tree. It could have been someone’s hiding spot. Jem and I kept it first and planned to ask other people whether it belonged to them etc. Two days, Dill returned. Dill said he could smell death when he walked past the Radleys. The tyre entered the Radley’s compound and Jem retrieved it. Cal offered us lemonade. I believed Boo Radley was inside the house but could not verify it. We started acting on a script. Atticus caught us playing and was angry. Suddenly, someone in the house was laughing.
Dill was being an asshole and became closer to Jem rather than me. Dill liked to call me a girl. I started getting closer to Miss Maudie. She was a widow and allowed us to play on her lawn. She often baked cakes for us. I was Scout Finch. She admitted that Boo (Arthur) was alive because he wasn’t carried out of the house dead yet. Mr Radley was a foot washing Baptist. He believed that any pleasure was a sin. Such people only stayed at home to read the Bible. Foot-washers also stay at home to avoid women. Maudie knew some stuff about Arthur. My dad was nice and treated the same way as on the streets and behind closed doors. Jem and Dill were planning to leave a note through the window for Boo. The three of us approached Radley’s with a bamboo pole. Suddenly, my dad saw us and we had to pass him the note. He seemed surprised. My dad wanted us to stop bothering him. Then, he left for work.
The three of us visited Mr Avery and we went for a walk. They were planning to spy at the window of the Radley’s house. We went under their high-wire fence. We spat on their gate. Later, we ventured into their backyard. We created a saddle for Dill to reach the window sill. There was a shadow of a man with a hat on. It was extremely eerie. After we left the house, a group of people gathered around the Radley’s compound. Atticus, Nathan Radley, Miss Maudie and Miss Stephanie Crawford was all around. Jem was without his pants. Apparently, Radley shot at a nigger. Dill lied that he stole Jem’s pants in a poker game. In fact, his shorts were left behind at Radley’s house. Now, I was highly suspicious of a sound that was made. Thankfully, Atticus did not stir again in the night and we were safe.
I left Jem alone as he was moody. School started again. His pants were folded across the fence when he tried to retrieve them at the Radleys. They were also being sewed up. Jem was perplexed by the kind gesture. School was sucky to say the least. Someone left things in the knot hole. It was a girl-doll. It actually resembled Jem and I. A few days later, they found a spelling medal. 4 days later, they received a pocket watch. We were planning to write a letter to thank the mysterious person. The next day, we found the knot hole filled with cement. Mr Radley plugged the tree with cement as it was dying. Atticus didn’t suspect anything fishy. Jem stayed in his room and cried.
‘I didn’t know how you were going to do it, but from now on I’ll never worry about what’ll become of you, son, you’ll always have an idea.’ Atticus Finch
Mrs Radley died from natural causes. Suddenly, it started snowing outside. I wanted to build a snowman. Miss Maudie didn’t like the snow one bit. Jem and I collected snow in baskets and soon, we were ready to start. It was a caricature of Mr Avery. Miss Maudie’s house was on fire. Dad told Jem and I to leave the house and wait outside the Radleys while the firemen aimed to put out the fire. Men could be seen pushing the truck. Mr Avery could be seen climbing out of the window. The fire truck started pumping water at our house. They also soaked Miss Stephanie Crawford’s house. Miss Maudie’s house collapsed under the heat. She would stay with Stephanie for the time being. Mr Nathan Radley didn’t hurt us at all. Apparently, in the haste, Mr Nathan offered us a blanket which we accepted. It was Boo Radley who offered a blanket to us. We all missed him and failed to see what he was like!. Miss Maudie was looking for a new place to live.
Atticus defended blacks and Cecil Jacobs teased me at school about it. I was furious. My dad was a criminal lawyer. He was defending a guy named Tom Robinson. The case was postponed and he didn’t want to talk about it. There was a low chance of winning the case. Learn to fight for your friends. At school, I learnt to walk away from a fight. I felt noble that I obeyed my dad. It was Christmas and I hated it. Rose was Uncle Jack’s cat. Uncle Jack didn’t like to hear me curse. Francis was a boring kid and I hated speaking to him. He was my cousin. He started criticizing Dill for being homeless. Dill was a nigger lover and Francis was upset that our family was associated with them. Francis was a bastard who started reporting to Grandma about me. I couldn’t take it and punched him in his face. Now, I went to my dad and we all left the place. I was angry with Uncle Jack at the moment. I concluded that he didn’t understand children much. I just wanted a chance to explain myself. Uncle Jack wanted to discipline Francis for calling my dad a nigger-lover. I overheard Jack and Dad talking about me. His advice to me was that I needed to keep my head sometimes and not flare up. Dad didn’t like to use the harsh tone on me. Dad overheard me in the room and I had to leave.
‘…But do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let them get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it resists learning.’ Atticus Finch
‘Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand…I just hope that Jem and Scout come to me for their answers instead of listening to the town. I hope they trust me enough…’Atticus Finch
‘I’d rather you shot at tin cans with your air-rifle in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit them, but remember that it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’ Atticus Finch
Atticus was feeble and weak now. He did not do adventure stuff and worked in an office. He did not go hunting, play poker or fish. Mockingbirds make music for people to enjoy. Miss Maudie admitted that there was life in Atticus. He was a good lawyer indeed. Atticus could play a Jew’s harp. Jem and I went to hunt for rabbits. We spotted a dog named Tim Johnson. The dog appeared to be sick and couldn’t walk properly. The dog was a bit lopsized in his gait. Cal encouraged every owner to close their doors as the dog was on the loose. The dog was advancing slowly at a snail’s pace. Mr Tate handed Dad his rifle as the dog was in sight. My dad shot him. My dad nailed him in one shot. Zeebo arrived to collect the dead dog. Jem was impressed with the way Atticus handled a rifle. In his younger days, dad was the best marksman in town. Dad didn’t like killing even though he was good at shooting. I started to realize my dad was a real gentleman.
‘If your father’s anything, he’s civilized in his heart. Marksmanship’s a gift from God, a talent – oh, you have to practice to make it perfect, but shooting is different from playing piano and the like. I think maybe he put his gun down when he realized that God had given him an unfair advantage over most living things. I guess he decided he won’t shoot until he had to, and he had to today.’ Miss Maudie
‘People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.’ Miss Maudie
‘Sometimes, we have to make the best of things, and the way we conduct ourselves when the chips are down.’ Atticus Finch
We had to pass Mrs Dubose’s house every day. There was a Negro girl in her house other than Mrs Dubose. She liked to question our whereabouts and we hated her. She was a vicious lady. Despite the fact that we hated her, Atticus treated her with the utmost respect. Jem was furious with her and grabbed a baton, charging at her. Jem messed up her lawn. Dad wanted Jem to go up to her lawn and apologize. It turns out that Mrs Dubose wanted Jem to read to her. Atticus supported her proposal. The room in her house was putrid and oppressive. Her face was awful and I hated the sight of it. The bell rang and Jessie wanted us out. It was time for her medicine. A month was up but Mrs Dubose wanted another week. It was’nt fair. Then one day, Mrs Dubose died. She was actually a morphine addict. It was clear that she wanted company before her death. Jessie and her wanted to pass us a box. It was some kind of drug. Mrs Dubose died beholden to nothing and nobody. My dad thought she was extremely brave.
‘I wanted you to see something about her – I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.’ Atticus Finch
‘They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions. But before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.’ Atticus Finch
‘I certainly am a nigger-lover. I do my best to love everybody…I’m hard put, sometimes – baby, it’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you. So don’t let Mrs Dubose get you down. She has enough troubles of her own.’ Atticus Finch
Now, Jem was 12 and he was increasingly moody. Dill wanted to marry me but he had a new father and had to move away from town. I missed him terribly and all the fun we used to have. Cal invited Jem and I to church. Cal brought us whites to a nigger church and was questioned by a member of the church. It was clear that we were not welcome in a black church. Line for line, we repeated after Zeebo because we had no hymn book for ourselves. Reverend Sykes didn’t want anyone to leave until donation hit $10. The money would be used for helping Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson committed a crime and his wife, Helen, found it difficult to find a job. Ewell accused Tom of raping his girl and got him charged in court. Ewell was a powerful family who had influence over others. Cal didn’t go to school at all. She was a colored woman. Zeebo was Cal’s son. Cal had two different lives and she spoke differently when talking at the church.
Aunt Alexandra came to stay with us. It was apparently good to have a female presence in the house. I didn’t really liked her, to be honest. Soon, she settled in and we got used to it. There was a caste system in Maycomb. Cousin Joshua wrote a book in prison. He was jailed because he tried to shoot the president.
‘Your aunt has asked me to try and impress upon you and Jean Louise that you are not from run-of-the-mill people, that you are the product of several generations’ gentle breeding and that you should try to live up to your name.’ Atticus Finch
Rape was defined by dad as carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent. Aunt interrupted when I asked whether I could visit Cal’s place someday. I was told to listen to Aunt as well. Aunt was trying to get rid of Cal. Atticus felt otherwise and thought Cal was a good influence on the family and proceedings. I started a childish fight with Jem. It was eventually cut out by dad. We encovered Dill, who was hiding in the room. Dill basically didn’t like his new dad and escaped. Atticus spotted Dill in our house and immediately wanted to offer him some food. Dill fled without letting his mum know about it. From rape to riots to runaways. Dill admitted that his new dad wasn’t mean but didn’t give him any attention at all. Dill admitted that they wanted the family wanted more babies. Bill Radley hasn’t left the house yet.
There were men outside our house, demanding for Atticus to emerge. He had gotten a postponement of the case for a short period of time. Dad denied that that was a mob getting him. He claimed those were our friends. Jem was afraid dad might get hurt. Tom Robinson was now moved to the Maycomb jail. Suddenly, Dad drove off late one night. He liked to walk usually. The three of us sneaked out at night and went to investigate. Dad wasn’t at his office. We walked outside the Maycomb jail. It was a hideous place indeed. 4 dusty cars approached the jail and saw Atticus expecting them. We wanted to be discreet about it. I was scared and ran directly to dad. Dad was extremely surprised by that action. All the men wanted us out of there immediately. Mr Cunningham was a guy in the crowd. However, he didn’t respond when I tried talking to him. Later, the men left after a while.
‘But son, you’ll understand folks a little better when you’re older. A mob’s always made up of people, no matter what. Mr Cunningham was part of a mob last night, but he was still a man.’ Atticus Finch
Cal realized that the children escaped in the night to look for Atticus and was disappointed with that. Atticus admitted that Cunningham was a friend but had some blind spots. Jem and I saved Dad actually. Humans can always be stopped. Dad didn’t want us bearing grudges against anyone. Dad didn’t want us downtown to watch the trial. Miss Maudie didn’t want to go to court. Miss Stephanie, on the other hand, was keen on going. Mr Dolphus was a white guy who liked to hang out with black people. He had a kid which was half white-black and he shipped him away. Ever since, he turned to alcohol most of the time. It was awful. Jem and Dill and I smuggled into the courtroom. People were not happy that Atticus was a nigger lover. The court appointed Atticus to defend him. Atticus aimed to defend him. As there were no seats in the white balcony, we sat in the black balcony. Judge would be Mr Taylor. Mrs Taylor was allowed to smoke in the court.
Mr Heck Tate was testifying. He was dressed in a proper manner. Bob Ewell called Tate that night and Tate went over to his place, to see his daughter hurt. Atticus asked why didn’t he call a doctor or seek treatment for his daughter. Atticus asked Tate about her bruises and the details of those bruises. According to Tate, Mayella was hit mostly on the right side of her face. Tate was the Sheriff. Now, Robert E. Lee Ewell took the stand. Mr Gilmer represented the Ewell’s family. Atticus never lost his voice in court before. He was the father of Mayella Ewell. He claimed that he heard her daughter screaming from outside the house. He also claimed that as he approached the house, he saw Tom Robinson trying to escape. Reverend Sykes wanted Dill and I to head home as we were too young at that time. Everyone looked at Mr Ewell, looking for a false move. Ewell tried to explain his actions to the jury. It was Atticus’ time to ask questions. Atticus found it strange that Ewell didn’t seek medical attention immediately. Mr Ewell sided with Tate and agreed with his description of Mayella’s injuries. Atticus asked whether Ewell could read and write. Atticus wanted him to write on a piece of paper for all to see. After writing, it was clear that Ewell was left handed. Atticus was trying to suspect Ewell of doing it.
The victim was now called to the stand and testify. She started sobbing. Mayella was 19.5 yrs old. She started recounting her experience to the jury. Atticus sometimes asked questions that she had previously revealed answers to. He just wanted to double confirm. He was trying to build up a picture of their home life. Now, he asked whether Mr Ewell was good to her. It was known that Mr Ewell had a drinking problem. She claimed he never touched her. It was the first time that Mayella asked Robinson to enter their premises to do odd jobs. Now, Atticus asked her whether she was beaten in her face. Mayella was unsure and didn’t give a steady answer. She often cried in the jury. Tom Robinson was crippled and his one arm was much shorter than another. Atticus now asked why didn’t she run or why didn’t she scream when the other children could help her etc. Mayella was not answering any of the questions now. Her face was a mixture of terror and fury. Now, she refused to answer questions and cried again. The aim was to complete it this afternoon. Atticus had only 1 witness to bring.
Tom now took the witness chair. He revealed that he had been to her place many times to run odd jobs without pay and the children were often there to see them. It also wasn’t the first time that they spoke to each other. It struck me that Mayella was a lonely girl without any friends. That night, Mr Ewell admitted that the children were all away. Later, Mayella kissed and hugged Tom. Then Mr Ewell could be heard shouting ‘You goddamn whore, I’ll kill ya!’ Tom pushed her slightly as she was blocking the door. After that, Tom admitted that he fled and never looked back. He didn’t admit to rapping or hurting her. Mr Link Deas admitted that Tom was a good man. The judge ordered him to leave the room. Tom was now subjected to questions by the lawyer. There were some inconsistencies in Tom’s answers. Dill was upset by the way Tom was cross-examined and left the room crying. Atticus behaved the same way in his private life as in his work life. Dill respected his approach of questioning more.
‘It ain’t honest but it’s mighty helpful to folks. Secretly, Miss Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live.’ Dolphus Raymond
Mr Dolphus Raymond came by and offered Dill a drink. We thought he was trying to poison us. He liked to give others the impression that he was always drinking whisky. He had mixed children. After Dill was alright, we headed back to the courthouse. Atticus now removed his coat. He said this case was black and white and very simple. He mentioned that the defendant was not guilty. The victim had to destroy the evidence of her offense of kissing a black man. The witnesses often went with the assumption that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around women etc.
‘She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man. No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards.’ Atticus Finch
‘You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women – black or white. But that is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire.’ Atticus Finch
‘…Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal…We know that all men are not created equal in the sense that some people would have us believe – some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity because they’re born with it, some men make more money than others, some ladies make better cakes than others – some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of most men.’ Atticus Finch
‘Our courts have their faults, as does every human institution, but in this country our courts are the greatest levellers, and in our courts all men are created equal.’ Atticus Finch
Cal was walking up to Atticus in the middle of the courtroom. Atticus realized that we were in the courtroom and ordered us to go home before the verdict. Cal was angry that we were exposed to legal drama as we were too young. The courtroom was still as the jury went about their business. I was ordered to stand up.
The defendant was found to be guilty and we were all upset. Everything wasn’t right at all. There would be an appeal. Tom Robinson’s dad bought food for their family. It was obvious that his family appreciated Atticus’ help. Atticus was in tears and thanked them. Judge Taylor appointed Atticus to defend Tom. It was not an accident. In their time, colored folks never won against the white folks in court. Atticus managed to make the jury deliberate for so long. It was a baby step forward. Bob Ewell spat in my dad’s face and told him he’ll get him if it took the rest of his life.
‘I simply want to tell you that there are some men in this world who were born to do unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them.’ Miss Maudie
‘I know, and lots of them probably deserve it, too – but in the absence of eye witnesses there’s always a doubt, sometimes only the shadow of a doubt. The law says reasonable doubt. But I think a defendant’s entitled to the shadow of a doubt. There’s always the possibility, no matter how improbable, that he’s innocent.’ Atticus Finch
‘As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.’ Atticus Finch
‘You’ve many more miles to go, son. A jury’s vote supposed to be secret. Serving on a jury forces a man to make up his mind and declare himself about something. Men don’t like to do that. Sometimes it’s unpleasant.’ Atticus Finch
Bob Ewell threatened to kill Dad. Atticus didn’t react to those insults and just remained calm. My dad didn’t carry a gun to protect himself. Atticus was not afraid and was grateful that Bob Ewell didn’t take it out on other children. He was unbelievably calm after being spat upon. In Alabama, rape was an offence will was punished by hanging. It was awful. Jem was angry by the fact that Tom was charged despite his innocence. It takes ages for law to be changed. In their world, the white man always wins. That was an ugly truth. At that time, women couldn’t serve on juries. Atticus suspected that the Cunninghams (on the jury) might have sided with the Finches. I wanted to invite Walter Cunningham over but Cal didn’t allow it because he was trash. We now guessed that Boo Radley didn’t want to come out because he wanted to stay inside.
‘There’s 4 kinds of folks in the world. There’s the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, there’s the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down in the dumps, and the Negroes.’ Jem
‘That’s what I thought too when I was your age. If there’s one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other?’ Jem
I joined the ladies for refreshments. I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. Miss Maudie chided me for not wearing dresses. Atticus was back and his face was white. Dad wanted Cal to go with him to Helen Robinson’s house. Tom was dead. He was shot in prison for trying to escape. Helen needed to be comforted. It was a waste as Atticus felt like there was a chance to win the case. Aunt Alexandra and Maudie were visibly upset. The town was giving a tribute to people like Atticus who were just.
A roly poly entered the house. He didn’t like the fact that I wanted to kill it because it hadn’t done anything to me. Helen was devastated. The Ewells hollered at Atticus. It was assumed that Tom had no plan and no long term jobs, just to escape. Underwood likened his death to the death of a mockingbird, a bird who sang to entertain. Tom was a ‘dead’ man the moment Mayella Ewell screamed. Mr Ewell was still very angry and everyone had to be careful.
School started and we had to walk past the Radley’s again. We still never saw Boo. I was studying current affairs in school. We covered the Jews and the WWII and I began to reflect on the sufferings of the Jews. It’s not okay to hate anyone, including Hitler. Jem was furious when I mentioned about the courthouse. I cried after being scolded. It wasn’t right to hate Hitler and his mistreatment of the Jews and then condone discrimination against the blacks at home.
Bob Ewell lost his job in a matter of days. He was fired for being lazy. He accused Atticus for the loss of his job. Judge Taylor was also spooked and stalked at his home. The third thing happened to Helen Robinson. Tom’s ex-employer gave her a job because they felt bad. Mr Ewell approached Tom’s ex-employer, Mr Link Deas and they got into an argument. Mr Ewell seemed to bear a permanent grudge with another associated with the case. Atticus understood that and hoped Mr Ewell would change after a while. Life gradually returned to normalcy. I was needed in some local play.
Now, we were in front of the Radley’s. It was pitch dark when someone leapt at Jem and I. Cecil Jacobs appeared and he scared us. We were all preparing to go for the pageant. We visited the House of Horrors to entertain ourselves. Jem and I were walking back after the play when he heard something. We were sure it was Cecil that was following us. The plan was to quickly head on the road where there would be light. Now Jem screamed and shouted ‘run’. There was a man who rescued me but I didn’t know who it was. A guy carried Jem and one could tell his arm was hurt. We called the sheriff and the doctor. The sheriff tried his best to locate the culprit. Thankfully, Jem was only unconscious, but not dead. Jem’s elbow had been dislocated. Bob Ewell was found with a kitchen knife stuck under his ribs. He was dead.
Bob Ewell was indeed dead. Atticus seemed a little troubled with that. I recounted the story with Mr Tate. It was the costume that saved me. There were puncture marks in the costume after Mr Tate examined it. Atticus couldn’t believe that Bob could behave that way. Bob didn’t have courage to confront Atticus but attacked his children. Mr Ewell was trying to pin me down when someone else shoved him aside. I pointed to a guy in the room whose face was white. It was Boo Radley who saved me.
Boo was afraid of strong light. Atticus at first thought that Jem killed Ewell in self-defence. However, the sheriff didn’t seem to think so. Dad wanted the full truth and didn’t want to favour his son and ruin his reputation in future for getting away with a crime. Tate thought that Ewell fell on a knife and killed himself. Both of them were equally stubborn. Atticus admitted that he was all Jem and I got. He wanted to continue to look his son in the eye, knowing that he didn’t lie. He wanted his children to trust him. Tate tried to explain the situation of how he killed herself. He didn’t think that Jem had the strength to drive a knife into Ewell. Tate repeated again that Ewell killed himself and he drove away. Atticus dropped by Boo’s house and thanked him.
‘I can’t live one way in town and another way in my home.’ Atticus Finch
‘There’s a black boy dead for no reason, and the man responsible for it’s dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time, Mr Finch. Let the dead bury the dead.’ Tate
Boo visited Jem at the hospital and I touched his hand. Boo touched Jem’s hair as he was asleep. As per his request, I did send him home. I felt that I needed to repay his kindness. Atticus was reading a story to Jem when he was asleep at home. Most people are nice, when you finally see them. Atticus accompanied Jem the entire night.