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Posted April 5, 2012 at 3:57 AM via web

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How does Scout learn about Helen's reaction to the news of her husband's death in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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

Posted April 5, 2012 at 4:23 AM (Answer #1)

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Scout reveals the specifics about Helen Robinson's reaction to her husband's death in a retrospective narrative following a conversation she has had with Dill. Dill has already left Maycomb for his home in Meridian, and Scout is naturally thinking about him.

He was not out of mind: I missed him.  (Chapter 25)

Dill and Jem had been skinny-dipping at Barker's Eddy--Jem had finally taught Dill to swim--and the two boys were returning home when Atticus passed them on the road. Atticus was on his way to Helen's, and he agreed to take the boys along if they promised to stay in the car. From his view inside the car, Dill saw the scene unfold: Atticus didn't even have to tell Helen what had happened;

"... she just fell down in the dirt... like a giant with a big foot just came along and stepped on her. Just ump--" Dill's fat foot hit the ground. "Like you'd step on an ant."  (Chapter 25)

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