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Describe Burris Ewell.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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karthickgane | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 13, 2010 at 3:50 PM via web

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Describe Burris Ewell.


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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

Posted August 13, 2010 at 11:15 PM (Answer #1)

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Burris is Scout's dirty, foul-mouthed first grade classmate in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Burris only appears in one scene, but we can see clearly that, unfortunately, the son of Bob Ewell is a chip off the ol' block.

He was the filthiest human I had ever seen. His neck was dark gray, the backs of his hands were rusty, and his fingernails were black deep into the quick.

The new teacher, Miss Caroline, nearly fainted when she saw a "cootie" traversing through the boy's unwashed hair. When Miss Caroline suggested that he bathe before coming back to school the next day, he "laughed rudely" at her and then threatened her. The gallant Little Chuck Little reached for his knife to protect his teacher, but Burris didn't stay around much longer. He called Miss Caroline a " 'snot-nosed slut' " before heading home for good.

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