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What made Tom Robinson visit the Ewell house in the first place in "To Kill A...

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rae23434 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 4, 2008 at 9:32 AM via web

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What made Tom Robinson visit the Ewell house in the first place in "To Kill A Mockingbird"?

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dbrooks22 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted December 4, 2008 at 10:33 AM (Answer #1)

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In chapter 19, Atticus calls Tom Robinson to the stand to testify. Robinson  reveals that he crosses the Ewell’s house on his way to work each day. He notices that Mayella is usually alone and working around the house doing tasks her father should be helping her with. He also knows that Bob Ewell is a drunk. He feels sorry for Mayella because he knew that she was lonely and needed help. He has stopped to help Mayella on several occasions when she asked for help with chores around the yard. The last time he stopped to help her chop up an old chiffarobe. This is when Mayella wrapped her arms around Tom. When Bob Ewell appeared, Tom ran in fear. His compassion for Mayella was misinterpreted by Mayella as affection.

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