Clearly, more will soon be revealed. They run into the reverend from Calpurnia's church-Reverend Sykes-and he offers them a seat in the balcony, where everyone from the African American community is seated. He says he'll say hi to Walter, then tells the men to clear out. Raymond is involved with a black woman and has several children with her. Scout tried to get Mr. Aunt Alexandra, meanwhile, takes over the Finch household and imposes her vision of social order. The men leaned in for something important that Atticus was going to say, when Jem shouted.
Upon closer inspection, they realize it is not a snake, but a runaway Dill. They turned to take a shortcut home, satisfied that he was okay, but as they walked across the square, they saw four cars stop in front of the jail. 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. After a lunch break, Jem, Scout, and Dill attempt to sneak into the courtroom. The reader is painfully aware that Tom Robinson's fate seems sealed before he ever even sets foot in the courtroom.
Jem suggests that they not disturb Atticus and return home. Ewell says that he ran to get the sheriff. In Chapter 18, we learn that Mayella's life is one of miserable poverty and deprivation. Atticus has to leave the family to attend an emergency session of the legislature. Of course, Atticus will hear none of it. After all, as we've seen in the novel so far, people are often defined by the attributes of their families.
Later, Jem tells Scout that Alexandra and Atticus have been arguing about the trial; she nearly accused him of bringing disgrace on the family. Though he gives the impression of dozing through the hearing is actually very sharp in his dealings. Heck Tate being the first witness. Atticus explains to the children that Miss Dubose had become addicted to morphine as a result of her illness and that she had spent the final months of her life freeing herself of the addiction. Dolphus Raymond is noticed sitting with the colored folk, sipping from a brown paper pack which allegedly contains whisky. Scout concludes that the only thing separating Mr. Cunningham about his son despite being surrounded by a hostile lynch mob.
From a distance, they see Atticus sitting in front of the Maycomb jail, reading a newspaper. Scout said that Walter was a good kid and that they had him over for dinner one time and that she beat him up one time but that he was nice about it. Alexandra quickly becomes quite popular in Maycomb, thriving in its social life, especially among the women. She is initially reluctant to say Tom's name when asked to name her rapist, but she does surrender to fear and accuse him, thus putting her fear of public humiliation over the value of his life. From the indistinguishable group of men, she singles him out and restores his individuality out of anonymity by addressing him by name and recalling his son and entailment. Jem was stubborn and stayed put.
Heck Tate, the sheriff was nearby and one of the men chuckled and said that they had made a fake call and that Mr. The men flinched and Jem shouted to Atticus that the phone was ringing. He's not coming back any time soon. Dill and Jem followed her because they couldn't stop her. Meanwhile, Scout looks around the group and recognizes Mr. Jem, Dill, and Scout pressed their faces to the screen of a few windows and the big crowd of men seemed to be talking to Atticus all at once. Scout and Dill's relationship, though close, is still childish and innocent, as shown in the end of the chapter.
One woman seems to resent their presence, but the rest of the congregation welcomes them freely. Chapter 16 opens with the start of Tom Robinson's trial. . Just a week later, events surrounding the trial begin to come to a head. Cunningham discuss about entailments in their house. Jem noticed that he was taking the car somewhere.
To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 15 It came about that Dill's parents were convinced to let him stay in Maycomb County, and summer seemed perfect for about a week. With his high morals, Atticus will not lower himself to the violent measures used by others, even for his own self-defense. Aunt Alexandra urges Atticus not to speak like that in front of Calpurnia, but Atticus protests as usual, claiming fairness and honesty are important. Underwood talk for a while, and then Atticus and the kids take Atticus's stuff to his car to go home. A group of Mennonites pass by in wagons. Jem is concerned that the men outside mean Atticus harm, but Atticus assures him later that those men are his friends and are not part of a gang or the Ku Klux Klan, whom Atticus claims is gone and will never come back.