Scouts world somewhat shattered around her. Jem overhears Aunt Alexandra warning Atticus that he is bringing disgrace to the family name. Aunt Alexandra spends time trying to explain to Jem and Scout why they should be proud to be Finches. As he had talked, he had realized the ludicrous request Alexandra had made on him and his children and told them to ignore what he'd said. He is being held in the Maycomb jail. He dodges many questions and this suggests that he has something to hide. It is also noticeable unclear as to whether Atticus knew Mr.
Each day, they read to her longer and, when an alarm goes off, a servant comes in to give Mrs. The only time Scout saw Aunt Alexandria was at meal times. Scout muses over the fact that her father often seems older than other fathers. Atticus tried to shut her up by saying the Finches could be made fun of because they were known for marrying cousins. Scout wants things to be fair and it is evident through her words in this chapter. Did she start screaming when she saw her father in the window? Their discussion about babies also suggests that Scout knows less about the facts of life than she claims in later chapters, and that it is possible that the meaning of rape is still unclear in her mind.
He ran away from home because no one was paying any attention to him. When they return home, their Aunt Alexandra is waiting for them, which isn't a pleasant surprise. Jem's behavior in Chapter 14 seems to betray Dill, and demonstrates his progress into the adult sphere. One night they're all relaxing in the living room when Mr. Atticus tries to describe to Jem and Scout that they must uphold the Finch name and they must stay well behaved to not become like other families.
The chapter depicts him as brutish, insensitive, and confident of his ability to get away with his perjury. A few weeks after Jem's punishment ends, Mrs. Clearly, more will soon be revealed. Scout generally gets along very well with Uncle Jack. She is very distraught and cries in the witness stand, saying that she is afraid of Atticus.
Upon moving in, she makes herself right at home and is well liked and welcomed by all the neighbors. Atticus never faults them for their upbringing or their pride, but he also stands up for the changes he believes in: defending Tom Robinson and letting his children think for themselves. Jem still refuses to leave. Chapter 17 The trial begins with the testimony of the sheriff,. The light is an unusual addition to the scene: it would not occur outside the jail unless Atticus brought it there. Scout and Jem listen intently to everything that is said in the courtroom.
Cunningham emphasizes her knowledge of young and reminds Mr. Cunningham from his group is a result of the sheer innocence of her statements, which shows how inconceivable violence is to her, and forces them to reconsider their behavior. In her cross-examination, we learn Mayella is nineteen and her family receives relief checks, but there isn't enough food to go around; her father seems to be a drunkard. Did she get beaten up by her father, not Tom Robinson? When it became obvious to her that and had no sense of pride concerning their heritage as well as no sense of duty to their name, she insisted that Atticus explain to them that they were Finches and they should behave like it. This leads to the discovery of Bob Ewell being left handed.
Scout Justifies this lie saying that sometimes you must lie when there is nothing you can do about a situation. She wants good solid staying-in-one-place-ness. According to Aunt Alexandra's way of thinking, dishonesty and inferiority are traits somehow genetically endemic to the entire race. Chapter 15 Dill is allowed to stay for the summer. Scout and Jem get in a fight that lasts all day. This begins to suggest that Tom Robinson might've not been the one who hit Mayella.
Grace Merriweather sips gin out of Lydia E. Scout finds out that the reason why Dill ran off was because his parents just aren't interested in him, and he spends most of his days alone. So stunned, Scout begins to weep, which causes a change in Atticus. Atticus questions Tate next, asking whether anyone called a doctor. Mayella doesn't seem to have any friends.
When Jem and Scout saw the men talking to their father they thought the situation was strange. Clearly moved by the situation, Atticus explains to her that it took an eight-year-old girl to bring them to their senses. One night after getting home, Atticus comes to talk with Jem and Scout. At this time, Scout, Jem, Atticus, and Jack all go to visit Aunt Alexandra. She is partially blind to the color of others skin and for her, it is a good quality to have because she resembles Atticus. Sometimes they can't figure out how she is related to their father. Chapter 16 The next morning, Saturday, the whole county begins to file into town to watch Tom Robinson's trial.
Atticus takes Scout and Jem outside. They get close to beating Atticus up, but then Scout and Jem make their presence known, causing the men to disperse. She has a strong idea of what Finch women should be like, based upon years of family tradition, and tries to impose this onto Scout. Ewell from the black people around him, in terms of social standing, is that his skin is white. Later, Scout overhears her father talking to Uncle Jack about the case. First, a group of men pay a call to Atticus at his home.