To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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In what chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird does Atticus agree to take Tom Robinson's case? 

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The reader first learns that Atticus has accepted Tom Robinson's case in chapter 9. He has been appointed by the state.


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The book is unlike the film, because we don't actually see Judge Taylor approach Atticus and ask him to take the case. Instead, the first mention of him accepting the case is when Scout hears kids at school saying terrible things about her father. She comes home from school and questions Atticus, who responds:

Atticus sighed. “I’m simply defending a Negro—his name’s Tom Robinson. He lives in that little settlement beyond the town dump. He’s a member of Calpurnia’s church, and Cal knows his family well. She says they’re clean-living folks. Scout, you aren’t old enough to understand some things yet, but there’s been some high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn’t do much about defending this man. It’s a peculiar case—it won’t come to trial until summer session. John Taylor was kind enough to give us a postponement…”

Later, in Chapter 16 ,...

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