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the silence, I heard them crack. Atticus rubbed his eyes and chin; we saw him blink hard. (chapter 10)
Atticus calmly folding his newspaper and pushing back his hat became Atticus standing in the middle of an empty waiting street, pushing up his glasses. The full meaning of the night’s events hit me and I began crying. (chapter 15)
ABOUT MISS MAUDIE
She gave Miss Maudie a look of pure gratitude, and I wondered at the world of women. Miss Maudie and Aunt Alexandra had never been especially close, and here was Aunty silently thanking her for something. For what, I knew not. (chapter 24)
Miss Maudie is brave when her house is on fire, but also when she is standing up for Aunt Alexandra. Miss Maudie is not afraid to speak her mind.
ABOUT MRS. DUBOSE
Atticus describes Mrs. Dubose’s mental and physical courage.
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” (chapter 11)
“According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew.” (chapter 11)
Atticus about Mayella:
“She knew full well the enormity of her offense, but because her desires were stronger than the code she was breaking, she persisted in breaking it. She persisted, and her subsequent reaction is something that all of us have known at one time or another. (chapter 20)
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