In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is the testimony of Heck Tate, Bob Ewell, Mayella Ewell, and Tom Robinson, and what is Atticus's summary?

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HECK TATE.  Heck testifies that after being contacted by Bob Ewell, he visits the Ewell house to find a beaten Mayella on the floor. He says that he found the right side of her face badly beaten with bruises around her neck.

BOB EWELL.  Bob claims to have heard Mayella screaming from within the Ewell house, and when he came inside, he saw " ' that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella! ' " Tom ran away after seeing Bob. During Atticus' cross examination, however, Bob complied with the request to write his name, which he did--with his left hand.

MAYELLA EWELL.  Mayella claims that she offered Tom a nickel to
" 'bust up this chiffarobe,' " and when he came inside,

" 'fore I knew it he was on me. Just run up behind me, he did. He got me round the neck, cussin' me and sayin' dirt... He hit me agin an; agin."

During Atticus' cross examination, however, her story became less specific, and she recanted her earlier statement.

"No, I don't recollect if he hit me. I mean yes I do, he hit me... Yes, he hit--I just don't remember, I just don't remember... it all happened so quick."

TOM ROBINSON.  Tom claims that he came inside the Ewell's house at Mayella's request, and she suddenly kissed him and grabbed him around the waist while he stood on a chair. He immediately ran from the house out of fear, and as he did, Bob Ewell appeared at the window. " ' You goddam whore, I'll kill ya, ' " Bob yelled at Mayella. Tom denied ever raping or harming Mayella in any way.

JUDGE TAYLOR.  The judge had little to say, other than keeping order in the courtroom on several occasions. He made no summation or statement to the jury that was recorded by Scout (as narrator).

ATTICUS FINCH'S SUMMARY.  Atticus's heartfelt summation requests the jury to overlook Tom's color and consider that Bob may have initiated Mayella's beating. He asks the jury to do its duty and, " ' In the name of God, believe him (Tom). ' "

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ok here goes no guarantees here haha

 

Heck Tate:  Bob Ewell fetched him, saying some one had raped Mayella, he went over, she was pretty bruised up.  Mayella identified Tom Robinson as the culprit and he was taken into custody. 

Bob Ewell:  He looked in the window, saw Tom Robinson raping Mayella, and ran him off, and ran for the sheriff. 

Mayella Ewell:  She asked Tom Robinson to "bust up a chiffarobe" for her, she went inside to get him a nickel and he came up behind her, beat her up, and raped her. 

Tom Robinson: He came inside because Mayella had asked him to fix a doorhinge or something, she took advantage of him and he couldn't fight back because that would be striking a white woman.  He ran off when Mr. Ewell came because it would have looked like something it wasn't, like it did. 

I hope i could help, try reading chapters 17-22

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what chapter???????????????

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HECK TATE.  Heck testifies that after being contacted by Bob Ewell, he visits the Ewell house to find a beaten Mayella on the floor. He says that he found the right side of her face badly beaten with bruises around her neck.

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