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In Chapter 29 of To Kill a Mockingbird, what causes the "shiny clean line"...

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patdnmb1fn | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 2, 2008 at 10:00 AM via web

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In Chapter 29 of To Kill a Mockingbird, what causes the "shiny clean line" on the otherwise dull wire of Scout's costume?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 2, 2008 at 2:58 PM (Answer #1)

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The "shiny clean line" that "stood out on the dull wire" was the mark left by the knife wielded by Bob Ewell.  It is significant because it proves that Ewell meant to kill Scout; her life was saved when the wire on her costume deflected the sharp thrust of his weapon.  Bob Ewell was drunk, and Mr. Tate observes that he "meant business", noting ironically that he had "enough liquor in him to make him brave enough to kill children" (Chapter 29).

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centafb | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 13, 2011 at 2:42 AM (Answer #2)

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page 360

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justess15 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM (Answer #5)

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I totally agree with DamienPhillips!

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hellohowdyhimynameiskimmy | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 26, 2012 at 1:01 AM (Answer #6)

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i do too

 

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deefv14 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 9, 2012 at 5:08 AM (Answer #7)

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