Ewell insisted that before he could get inside, Tom ran out, and because he was so worried about Mayella, he didn't go after Tom. They beg to be allowed to hear the verdict; Atticus says that they can return after supper, though he knows that the jury will likely have returned before then. Atticus explained in the most political way possible that Tom was clearly innocent and that Tom was just there because he was black. Chapter 19 -Tom says his side of the story, and it is that she asked him to fix something, then when he got inside, she threw herself at him. Scout also finds out that it was Bob Ewell who has made the accusations against Tom Robinson. Cunningham, confronted with the shame of the group's plans and having been reminded of his own responsibility in them, decides to remove himself from the scene, and everyone else follows. Scout as well as Judge Taylor is genuinely surprised when Mayella claims that Atticus is mocking her.
Ewell's manner is of one who is beyond the law. To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 20 Summary By Harper Lee This chapter leaves off where the last chapter left off and Mr. Mayella was found bruised and beaten Tom Robinson had been accused No doctor was called Then Ewell gets called to the stand Ewell said he was out getting kindling When he heard his daughter yell He claimed he saw Robinson raping Mayella And Robinson fled as Ewell ran for a Sheriff. After lunch, Dill, Jem, and Scout wait for most of the people in the crowd to go inside the courthouse. Ewell didn't expect to get.
He just wants to make life easy for the people of Maycomb and doesn't care what others think of him. The Reverend from Calpurnia's church lets them into the balcony where black people have to sit in order to be allowed to see the trial. Ewell claims that he heard Mayella screaming when he was coming in from the woods with kindling, and that he ran to the house to find Tom Robinson having sexual intercourse with her. Judge Taylor allowed the question. Alexandra tries to make Atticus talk to his children about family pride, but he just ends up upsetting Scout.
Scout and Jem begin to notice that where they go about town, people seem to be whispering about them. Scout blames Calpurnia for teaching her how to write in script on rainy days. He impresses the Finch children with his dramatic recounting of the movie Dracula, which wins him their respect and friendship. Even her aunt's constant pestering is a sign of her care for Scout, which is much better than the ambivalence that Dill experienced. That is not always a good thing, of course, because it can be hard for a person to see the value of growth and change. Ewell again says that no doctor was called, saying that he has never called a doctor in his life and never thought of doing so.
It is often painful, and is going to prove that way for the children - especially Jem. Scout says that the Ewells house looked like a daycare for the mentally ill because toys were strewn in the yard and all the toys were broken and picked from the trash. To Scouts observation, the whole trial so far seemed super boring but Jem seemed like he was super into it. They look for Atticus in his office, but finally spy him sitting outside the county jail, with the light bulb providing light for him to read his book. Therefore, when Miss Caroline writes the alphabet on the board and Scout reads it through easily, then reads from her reader and from the local paper, Miss Caroline forbids Scout to let Atticus teach her to read anymore. Ewell is surly and crass in the witness chair, but the judge, who clearly does not respect the man, manages to keep everything orderly.
She has no friends or family to stick up for her. Trying to be cordial, she innocently begins to talk to Mr. Bob Ewell was called to the stand next. She doesn't understand that she loves to read until her teacher tells her she can't read anymore: this shows that reading was a pleasure and a freedom she had taken for granted all her life until it is denied to her. Scout overhears someone saying that Atticus was actually appointed as Tom Robinson's lawyer, and she wonders why Atticus hadn't told her this. When Tom Robinson tells his story, which we can presume is closer to the truth, it is incredibly sad to think that she schemed and saved so long just so she could have a moment of human contact. No one is sure how many children Ewell has, and the only orderly corner of the yard is planted with well-tended geraniums rumored to belong to Mayella.
Atticus cross-examines Tate, who says that there was no doctor summoned to examine. Calpurnia and Miss Maudie are the main motherly influences in her life. For example, some men are born rich and others are born poor, some people have natural talents and others do not. Their search through the darkness, the many gates, the vegetables in the yard, and then Dill's glance through the dark window with curtains through which there is one small light are somewhat symbolic of the children's search through layers of ignorance and rumor to find the truth underneath it all. This is when, she claims, that Tom took advantage of her. Tate says, with some hesitation, that her right eye and entire right side of her face were bruised, and she had scratches all around her neck.
In a cocky manner he answered his attorney's questions and explained that he was coming in from gathering kindling when he heard Mayella screaming. In so doing, it is revealed that Mr. When Atticus cross-examines her, he asks why she didn't scream so that any of her seven siblings might come to help; he also asks how Tom managed to beat her. She sees that Judge Taylor is presiding over the case, a judge who has a reputation for being rather informal in the courtroom. Raymond is evil because he is white but lives with the black community. Chapter 11 -Jem and Scout were walking past Mrs. By the time the children get into the courthouse, there is no room for them to sit.
Jem is confident of victory, while Dill has fallen asleep. The chapter depicts him as brutish, insensitive, and confident of his ability to get away with his perjury. . Though still frightened of him, they wish to befriend him and help him now. Raymond approaches and interrupts them, bringing chapter 19 to a close. Gilmer that her father asked her to chop up an old chiffarobe chest of drawers for kindling, but she didn't feel strong enough.
Ewell is most likely to blame for Mayella's injuries. Ewell shows himself to be arrogant and crude. There is no one clear way to worship God, but the chapter suggests that reading the Bible inside all day may be an application of God's law which, like the hunting law when applied to the Ewell's, becomes self-defeating if applied too severely. Mayella had asked him to come in to look at the door because it was 'broken'. To the reader me , Mr.