What comic incident is related in this chapter and what function does it serve in the novel?  What comic incident is related in this chapter and what function does it serve in the novel? * from...

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Jem finds a hair in his armpit. In his effort to show it off to Scout, she can't even see it. The conversation goes into a 'where is it?' discussion and we see the innocence and excitement of puberty for one, while the other is not quite repulsed but has a 'whatever' type attitude.

The reader, being old enough to understand puberty, has to laugh. He's proud of something so minimal.

This lightens the mood after all the intensity of the news of Tom's death, the children and adults in the Finch home dealing with it in their varied ways, and this growing feeling that Bob Ewell is out to get someone and we have yet to learn who.

It it put in a pretty crafty spot because it takes away suspense just before there is about to be a lot of suspense in the last half of chapter 28.

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One of the events that was humorous was Scout's telling of Bob Ewell's job loss. The WPA was developed to provide jobs for just about any poor man who needed one.  Job expectations of the workers was not considered to be high in Scout's point of view.  However, Bob Ewell gets hired on and fired with in days.  Scout jokes that he is probably the only man to ever get fired from the job for laziness.

Scout thinks his temporary moment of fame from the trial had bought his job, but once that was gone he turned back into his lazy self.  He also had eaten up being popular because of the trial, but he was as forgotten as Tom Robinson had become.

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