In Chapter 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird, what does Atticus tell Scout about why it took the jury so long to convict Tom?
Following the guilty verdict brought against Tom Robinson, Jem believed that juries should be done away with.
"Tom's jury sho' made up its mind in a hurry," Jem murmered.
But Atticus disagreed and decided to set him straight. Atticus explained that it was "an inevitable verdict," one that usually takes an all-white male jury just a few minutes to decide. But Tom's jury took "a few hours." Atticus revealed that there was a single juror who held out in Tom's favor and, incredibly to Jem, it was a member of the Old Sarum crowd--a Cunningham, probably one of the same men who had come to the jail with the intention of lynching Tom. "On a hunch," Atticus had decided to not strike him from the jury, and though the man eventually succumbed to the pressure from the other jurors, he held out for several hours; had there been two Cunninghams, said Atticus, "we'd've had a hung jury."