In Chapter 23, how does Atticus react to Bob Ewell's threat against him?
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When Mr. Ewell threatens and spits on Atticus at the post office, Atticus just takes it humbly and peacefully walks away, saying he's not too proud to fight; just too old. When Jem fears for Atticus's safety, he later tells Jem to put himself in Mr. Ewell's shoes. Having made Mr. Ewell look like a fool at the trial, he knew Mr. Ewell would have to at least make some comment or do something in retaliation. Atticus explains that if Mr. Ewell takes out his frustrations on himself (Atticus) rather than on Mayella or one of the other kids, he'll take it every time. Throughout the novel, Atticus consistently acts unselfishly, always thinking of others. This is why he does not seem offended, ashamed or angry at Mr. Ewell's insults.
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