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One piece of advice Scout remembered from her talks with Atticus was that sometimes it was
... better to listen rather than watch: I applied this test.
Scout determined that Tom was not lying about setting foot on the Ewell property without an invitation. She also decided that no "respectable Negro" would walk onto a white man's property without permission. She also realized that Tom's good manners were part of his predicament. Even though he had not touched Mayella (she had hugged and kissed him), he knew that the accusation against him--that he had struck Mayella--would mean that he would not live long,
... so he took the first opportunity to run--a sure sign of guilt.
So did Tom hit Mayella?
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