As Jem and Dill make their way back from swimming at Barker's Eddy, they see Atticus driving and wave at him to stop. Atticus is not on his way home, but he agrees to let them come with him if they agree to stay in the car. With Calpurnia in the backseat, Atticus is on his way to Tom Robinson's house to deliver news that Tom has been shot and killed. They arrive at Tom's house, where children are outside playing marbles. Sam, Tom's son, goes to find Tom's wife, Helen. Atticus removes his hat and helps a little girl down the steps by offering her his finger to hold. Helen arrives and asks Atticus if he would like to sit down. No more words are exchanged, but Helen seems to become aware of the reason for Atticus's visit. According to Dill, "She just fell down in the dirt." Atticus and Calpurnia then help Helen inside. As they are leaving Tom's house and driving past the dump, they are yelled at by some of the Ewells.