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In To Kill a Mockingbird, who said these quotes and to whom, and what do they...

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, who said these quotes and to whom, and what do they mean?

"Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win." (page 76)

"Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets." (page 45)

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." (page 105)

"Do you think I could face my chidren otherwise? You know what's going to happen as well as I do, Jack, and I hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without bitterness, and most of all, without catching Maycomb's usual disease."

 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 22, 2011 at 5:29 AM (Answer #1)

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"Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win."

This quote is spoken by Atticus to Scout in Chapter 9 after she has gotten into yet another fight at school, this time with Cecil Jacobs, who made her "forget" her promise to Atticus about using her fists to decide arguments. It is in response to her question about whether Atticus will win in the upcoming trial of Tom Robinson.

"Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets." 

This is spoken by Miss Maudie to Scout in Chapter 5 during their conversation about Boo Radley.

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."

Atticus gives this piece of advice to Scout in Chapter 11 in response to her being upset about Jem taking out his anger on Mrs. Dubose's camellias.

"Do you think I could face my chidren otherwise? You know what's going to happen as well as I do, Jack, and I hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without bitterness, and most of all, without catching Maycomb's usual disease."

Atticus is speaking with his brother, Jack, when he makes this comment in Chapter 9. It is his explanation why he has taken on the defense of Tom Robinson.

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