In To Kill a Mockingbird, how do the adults deal with the outcome of the trial?Atticus, Miss Rachel, Calpurnia, Aunt Alexandra, Miss Stephanie, Miss Maudie, and Bob Ewell

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ATTICUS.  Tired over the long hours leading up to the trial, Atticus first just wants to get some sleep. He tells his sister that he is not bitter. Atticus never expects to win this case, but he hopes that Tom will be set free on appeal. He tells Tom to be patient, but Tom is unable to adjust to prison life.

AUNT RACHEL.  Her response to Dill was that "if Atticus Finch wants to butt his head against a stone wall, it's his head."

CALPURNIA.  Calpurnia is a friend of Tom, so she is disappointed with the results (though there is no reference in the book concerning this). She kindly provides Atticus with all the food that is brought to him by the appreciative African-American community. 

AUNT ALEXANDRA.  Her feelings primarily concern Atticus, but she is disappointed with the outcome. She is also worried about his safety. However, she does seem genuinely distressed when she hears of Tom's death.  

MISS STEPHANIE.  Miss Stephanie was more concerned with acquiring more gossip. She asked the children several questions, including what it was like sitting with all the black folks and whether it made them mad to see Atticus lose.

MISS MAUDIE.  Miss Maudie is genuinely concerned with the children's reactions. She obviously was disappointed in the verdict, but she was practical. She tells them that besides herself and Atticus, there are others in the white community who supported Tom.

BOB EWELL.  Although Tom is found guilty, Bob (and Mayella) are disgraced in the courtroom before most of the town. He blames Atticus for his embarrassment, and threatens to get even with him. He confronts Atticus downtown, curses him and spits in his face. He does his best to do this, but he is eventually thwarted by Boo Radley.

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