According to Tom Robinson's testimony, what really happened at the Ewell's home in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Tom's testimony differs greatly from that of the Ewells, who claim that Tom attacked and raped Mayella. But according to Tom, it is Mayella who initiates the physical contact. After Tom agrees to come inside the Ewell house to fix the hinges on an old door, he notices that the door seems to be fine. He also sees that the other Ewell children are all absent: Mayella tells him that it took her "a slap year to save seb'm nickels" for them to go into town to buy ice cream cones. Then she asks Tom to step up on a chair to "git that box down from on top of the chiffarobe."

"The next thing I knows she--she'd grabbed me round the legs... She scared me so bad I hopped down an' turned the chair over." (Chapter 19)

Mayella then "sorta jumped on me... She hugged me round the waist." Mayella then kissed Tom and told him to "kiss me back, nigger." Tom then attempted to run from the room, but Mayella blocked his path, so Tom "had to push her" out of the way. It was then that Bob appeared, and he threatened Mayella, not Tom.

"You goddam whore, I'll kill ya." (Chapter 19)

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