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Atticus felt that he had a "good chance" of getting Tom Robinson released on appeal, but he couldn't convince Tom to be patient and wait until that time came. Tom's plan of escape certainly wasn't a good one, breaking into a dead run in broad daylight and trying to climb the fence despite warnings from the guards. An escape at night would certainly have given him a better chance, but any kind of escape attempt would give him the appearance of being guilty. Tom should have been thinking of his wife and children, and how they needed a husband and father to return to them. But as Atticus explained to his sister,
"I guess Tom was tired of white men's chances and preferred to take his own."
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