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How was Bob Ewell causing problems for Helen Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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higareda | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:19 AM via web

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How was Bob Ewell causing problems for Helen Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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amarang9 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 27, 2012 at 5:35 AM (Answer #1)

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After Tom's trial and death, Mr. Link Deas, who was Tom's employer, gave Helen a job so she could feed her children. Still feeling the need to blame others for his own misfortunes, Bob Ewell continued to harass Helen to the point that she would have to walk a mile out of her way en route to work in order to avoid the Ewells. Evidently, he had his family throw rocks at her when she walked by. Mr. Deas walked her home when he found this out and hollered at the Ewell's house to leave Helen alone. However, Bob Ewell followed her to work the next day. Mr. Deas threatened Mr. Ewell with assault and when Mr. Ewell scoffed at the assault charge, Mr. Deas threatened him with a charge of the Lady's Law which is essentially threatening to charge him with stalking or harassment. After this, Helen didn't report any more trouble with Mr. Ewell. 

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