Atticus tells them to go home and have supper. To Maycomb, Tom's death was typical. Don't judge a book by it's cover. On his last day in Maycomb, Dill was walking home with Jem from the Eddy when they saw pass by in his car. Ewell's evilness has turned him into a human monster, whose bristling facial stubble felt by Scout suggests an animal-like appearance. Jem and Atticus discuss the justice of executing men for rape. Deas stood up and shouted that he had never had a problem with Tom Robinson, and that he was a good worker and a good man.
When Scout asks what will happen if Tom loses, Atticus replies that Tom will go to the electric chair, as rape is punishable by death in Alabama. Atticus feels that his client has a good chance of being pardoned. Here are links to our lists for the novel: , , , , , Here is a link to our lists for by Harper Lee. In fact, one man on the jury wanted to acquit—amazingly, it was one of the Cunninghams. Jem teaches Dill how to swim before he leaves. Back home, Scout sits with Atticus, who begins to read her one of the scary children's stories he has picked up, which ironically mirrors the story of Boo Radley. Boo doesn't say a word; he just nods.
Before the children leave, Aunt Alexandra has a feeling that something is going wrong and Scout notices a strange look pass over her face. She will wear a large costume made of chicken wire and wrapped around with brown cloth, which comes to just above her knees. It's very dark, and they can barely see a few feet ahead of themselves. Atticus brings Helen Robinson the bad news about her husband, Tom Robinson. When Atticus understands the sheriff's motivation, he relents, realizing that it is in everyone's best interests to allow Boo to unofficially punish the Ewell's for the crime of trying to send Tom to his death.
Miss Maudie rescues the children by inviting them in for some cake. Both Jem and Scout are forced to face the adult world in these chapters to an unprecedented degree. Finally, after eleven that night, the jury enters. Ewell won't really take any action on his threats. Evening comes, night falls, and the jury continues to deliberate.
Tate notes the mark that Mr. As a mature young girl, she recognizes Boo as a real person, and treats him as such. Grace Merriweather writes a pageant for Maycomb people to perform about the history of the county. They discuss the class system—why their aunt despises the Cunninghams, why the Cunninghams look down on the Ewells, who hate black people, and other such matters. She knows that at heart, Boo is a good person. Scout's awareness of her teacher's hypocrisy once again demonstrates her powerful understanding of the true meaning of fairness and equality. Jem's point of view in some ways contrasts Scout's point of view.
While the others knew him from the inside, for example, Link Deas. The courtroom begins to empty, and as Atticus goes out, everyone in the colored balcony rises in a gesture of respect. After Jem begged, Atticus relented and allowed the boys to go with him. In Maycomb, the black community is very small and they seek protection when being criticized. 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. She dutifully places the bug outside. Unable to live an indefinite existence, Tom lost his courage and determination, and chose to run for freedom.
Miss Maudie points out that there were people who tried to help, like Judge Taylor, who appointed Atticus to the case instead of the regular public defender. Though Atticus had fought hard for Tom, Scout now sees that 'in the secret courts of men's hearts Atticus had no case. Chapter 25 Analysis Jem shows Scout his chest hair to prove he is growing up. Underwood writes an editorial for the newspaper stating that an innocent man was murdered. Senseless killing—Tom had been given due process of law to the day of his death; he had been tried openly and convicted by twelve good men and true; my father had fought for him all the way.
Dolphus Raymond reveals that he is drinking from a paper sack. What happened to Tom Robinson? They eat quickly and return to find the jury still out, the courtroom still full. He has finished going over the evidence and now makes a personal appeal to the jury. Scout grows furious, and Jem hastily takes her out of the room. This difference in maturity between Jem and Scout manifests itself in the incident with the roly-poly bug. They eat quickly and return to find the jury still out, the courtroom still full. Scout, wearing a dress, helps Calpurnia bring in the tea, and Alexandra invites Scout to stay with the ladies.
Trying to be as friendly as possible, Scout leads Boo to the porch and assists him into a rocking chair placed in a darker corner, where she thinks he will feel most comfortable. Link Deas again threatens him with jail and he stops this behavior. The man whom they are struggling with grabs Scout and begins to strangle her, when suddenly he is jerked backwards and thrown to the ground. They waved to get his attention. There he tells her, Scout, Calpurnia, and Miss Maudie that Tom Robinson attempted to escape and was shot seventeen times. As she helps Boo along, she feels the odd sensation of her fantasy about finding him sitting on the porch one day coming true. Aunt Alexandra and the children remain worried.
Now that the children have grown older, they come to know vividly that the real source of evil to be concerned about comes from their fellowman, not from imaginary ghosts. Miss Maudie rescues the children by inviting them in for some cake. Dill recalled she 'fell down in the dirt, like a giant with a big foot just came along and stepped on her. The subject then turns to jury trials and to how all twelve men could have convicted Tom. Chapter 27 Scout relates a few events that have recently occurred in Maycomb. The children 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.