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When Scout, Jem, and Dill go to find Atticus and they find out he is in some trouble...

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simzypoo | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 17, 2010 at 4:37 AM via web

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When Scout, Jem, and Dill go to find Atticus and they find out he is in some trouble with a group, who had Atticus covered the whole time?

When they are at the Jail and Tom Robinson is in it and there is a group of men over there causing trouble and Scout, Jem, and Dill go up there because they think something fishy is going on.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 17, 2010 at 4:47 AM (Answer #1)

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The quick answer to this is that Mr. Underwood had Atticus "covered" with his double barreled shotgun.  This can be found right toward the end of Chapter 15.

As you say, the group of men is giving Atticus some trouble.  Specifically, they want to take Tom Robinson out of the jail and lynch him.  Attticus is trying to stop them.

It is interesting that Mr. Underwood helps Atticus out here.  I say that because he is known to really hate black people and would probably not mind if Tom Robinson were killed.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 17, 2010 at 6:21 AM (Answer #2)

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Mr. Underwood is an ironic man as the story continues. Watch him at the trial. Scout describes his ability to note every detail, which is likely what he was watching the whole time when they were at the jail that night. He was waiting for the right twitch or gesture to show that someone was going to attack Atticus.

Another irony of Mr. Underwood is this ability to print whatever he wants no matter what the people think of his work. As a racist, you'd think he'd print something negative about the trial. He doesn't. Just watch.

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