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In Chapter 15 of To Kill a Mockingbird, why does the group of men come to talk to...

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law222 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted November 15, 2011 at 11:11 AM via web

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In Chapter 15 of To Kill a Mockingbird, why does the group of men come to talk to Atticus on his front porch?

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

Posted November 15, 2011 at 11:48 PM (Answer #1)

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Jem knew that something was up when he answered the front door one evening and it was Sheriff Tate asking for Atticus to come out in the yard. There were other men there, and Scout knew that

In Maycomb, grown men stood outside in the front yard for only two reasons: death and politics. I wondered who had died.

No one had died, but the men were there to tell Atticus that danger may be around the corner. Although the people gathered were all Atticus''s friends--including Link Deas, Dr. Reynolds, and Mr. Avery--Jem suspected that it was a gang that had come to harm his father. When

     Suddenly Jem screamed, "Atticus, the telephone's ringing!"
     The men jumped a little and scattered...
     "Well, answer it, son," called Atticus.
     Laughter broke them up.

The children soon discovered that the men had not come to harm Atticus, but to warn him that Tom Robinson was being moved "to the county jail tomorrow," and that there may be trouble. 

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