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Old Mr. Radley is one character who shows no signs of compassion whatsoever in To Kill a Mockingbird. When young Arthur gets in trouble with the law, his father decides to restrict him to the inside of the Radley house for the next fifteen years. After stabbing his father in the leg with scissors, Arthur was again confined to the house, never to be seen again until the night of the Halloween pageant. A strict primitive Baptist, Calpurnia refers to Mr. Radley as
"... the meanest man ever God blew breath into."
The villain of the novel, Bob Ewell has no redeeming qualities, compassion being among the least of them. Bob drinks up his welfare check, providing little or no aid to his family. He sends his children to school dirty and lice-ridden, and they only attend for one day each year. He hunts animals out of season; hates all Negroes; stalks Tom Robinson's widow, cursing at her as he goes; threatens Atticus and spits in his face; and prowls about Judge Taylor's house, presumably with ill intent. He concocts a lie about Tom raping his daughter, Mayella, and causes the eventual death of the innocent black man. Even then, he cannot forgive Atticus for exposing Bob's lies on the witness stand. His hatred for Atticus is so strong that he resorts to exact revenge by killing his children. It is no wonder that the Ewells are known as "the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations."
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