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Describe when Bob Ewell attacked Jem and Scout and the events connected with it in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Bob Ewell is by far the most despicable man in Maycomb and ended up severely beating his daughter after he witnessed her kiss Tom Robinson on the evening of November 21st. In order to conceal her actions and cover up his crime, Bob forced Mayella to accuse Tom Robinson of assaulting and raping her and they both lie on the witness stand during the trial. Although Bob won the case and Tom became a victim of racial injustice, Atticus revealed the truth and the entire town knew that Bob Ewell was his daughter's perpetrator. Instead of becoming a hero, Bob Ewell was embarrassed and vowed to get revenge on Atticus. After threatening Atticus, spitting in his face, and attempting to intimidate Helen Robinson, Bob Ewell attacks Atticus's defenseless children in chapter 28 while they are walking home from the Maycomb Halloween festival.

Initially, the children can sense that someone is following them and believe that it is only Cecil Jacobs attempting to scare them. Suddenly, Bob attacks and Jem yells...

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