Reminiscient of the street scene in Verona of Romeo and Juliet, when the Montague servant, Sampson, bites his thumb in an insulting gesture toward Abraham, a servant of the Capulets, Bob Ewell stands outside the courthouse of Maycomb and spits tobacco onto the face of Atticus Finch. This public gesture before the municipal building in which Bob Ewell has been interrogated at the trial of Tom Robinson is deliberately chosen by the father of Mayella Ewell. For, he wishes to deal insult for insult, just as the Montague servants and Capulet servants do with each other. Because he feels that Atticus Finch has insulted him and Mayella at the trial by exposing their lies rather than adhering to the "code" to take a white's word against that of a Negro no matter what he says, Ewell spits tobacco in Atticus's face as he might spit on a bug on the sidewalk. This act of Bob Ewell, a resident of the lowest side of town, toward a lawyer, a prestigious member of the community, cannot be construed as anything other than a most contemptuous gesture.