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Why is Dill crying?

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vgvsdg | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 28, 2009 at 10:21 PM via web

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Why is Dill crying?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 1, 2009 at 2:08 PM (Answer #1)

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In chapter 19 of "To Kill A Mockingbird, the trial is in progress and Atticus is taking the testimoney of Tom Robinson, a 25 year-old black man who is married and has three children.  He is trying to get the history on Tom when Link Deas jumps up and yells out that Tom has worked for him a long time and has never been any trouble at all.  The judge tells Link to sit down and shut up.  After Atticus gets through with his questions the prosecuting attorney begins to ask Tom questions but he talks very badly to him.  He calls him "boy" and insults him.  He is so mean to Tom that Dill gets really upset and starts to cry.  As Scout takes Dill outside for air he says he is really sick and that it is just not right to talk to anyone the way the attorney talked to Tom.

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wwjd | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted March 6, 2009 at 8:31 AM (Answer #2)

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Dill cries at the courthouse because he sees the way that the persecuting attorney talks to Tom Robinson. He speaks to him as though he is unimportant, or even dirty. Dill sees how wrong it is and cries over the injustice of it all.

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