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In what chapter does Atticus accept the case of Tom Robinson from Judge Taylor?

I need this with the new book I think, I am not sure. I need this for an essay, so please help me.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 8, 2010 at 11:43 AM (Answer #1)

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Unlike the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird, which depicts Judge Taylor coming to Atticus's house to personally ask him to defend Tom Robinson, the Harper Lee novel has no specific meeting. The first mention of Atticus's acceptance comes during a conversation with his brother, Jack. He informs his brother that an acquittal is an impossibility, but

    "Before I'm through, I intend to jar the jury a bit--I think we'll have a reasonable chance on appeal, though... I'd hoped to get through life without a case of this kind, but John Taylor pointed at me and said, 'You're it.' " 

(This is found in near the end of Chapter 9.)

Oddly, this conversation between the two brothers is not overheard by Scout, so it is not part of her normal narrative. She does not learn that Atticus has been handed the case (rather than volunteering for it) until just before the trial.

    "Lemme tell you somethin' now, Billy," a third said, "you know the court appointed him to defend this nigger."
    ... This was news, news that put a different light on things... 

(This is found midway though Chapter 16.)

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