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In Chapter 15 of "To Kill A Mockingbird," who is "covering" Atticus...

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bresha | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 29, 2008 at 3:41 AM via web

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In Chapter 15 of "To Kill A Mockingbird," who is "covering" Atticus during the mob incident at the jailhouse?

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 29, 2008 at 8:35 AM (Answer #1)

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At the end of chapter 15, it states that "Mr. Underwood and a double-barreled shotgun were leaning out his window above The Maycomb Tribune office."  Mr. Underwood said, "Had you covered all the time, Atticus."  This is a relief, because the crowd had been pretty threatening, and if it hadn't been for Scout's innocent questions, things could have gotten violent.

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

Posted December 30, 2008 at 7:16 AM (Answer #2)

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As Atticus protects jailed Tom Robinson from an mob of vigilantes, Mr. Underwood, the owner of the Maycomb newspaper, is positioned from a second-story window with a double-barreled shotgun pointed at the angry men. When the lynch mob leaves, Atticus and the children discover Mr. Underwood as he says, “Had you covered all the time, Atticus.”

Ironically, Mr. Underwood does not make himself known to the mob. Some critics say it is because he was afraid of retaliation or of being shunned from society for protecting Atticus, a man who was defending a black "rapist." Mr. Underwood is also know to "despise" black people.

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