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In To Kill a Mockingbird, who says "Thing's haven't caught up with that one's instinct...

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, who says "Thing's haven't caught up with that one's instinct yet. Let him get a little older and he won't get sick and cry"?

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

Posted November 14, 2013 at 1:56 AM (Answer #1)

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This scene takes place in Chapter 20 just after Scout and Dill take a break from the trial of Tom Robinson. Dill has become physically sick from witnessing the prosecutor's cross-examination of Tom. Mr. Gilmer shows Tom no respect, repeatedly referring to him as "boy." So, Scout leads Dill outside for some fresh air. "We chose the fattest live oak and we sat under it." On the other side of the huge tree trunk is Dolphus Raymond, a notoriously "evil man" who lives with the Negroes, has a black mistress and who has fathered several "mixed chillun." Scout and Dill quickly make friends with him, and Mr. Raymond shares a dark secret: He only pretends to be drunk, and his ever-present bottle-in-a-bag is only Coca-Cola--not whiskey. The Coke he shares with Dill settles the boy's stomach, and then the "fascinating" Mr. Raymond shares his racial views with the children. Dill's tears come from a youthful innocence, but he will be tougher and wiser when he "gets a few years on him." It is Dolphus Raymond who tells Dill

"Things haven't caught up with that one's instinct yet. Let him get a little older and he won't get sick and cry.  (Chapter 20

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