How did Tate describe a man like Bob's kind?
Who did Scout assume was responsible for yanking Bob down off of her? What blurred Scout's image of Radley?
Tate = Heck Tate
Bob = Bob Ewell
To kill a mockingbird, chapter 29
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This description comes when Heck Tate and Atticus are getting the full story from Scout. Atticus remarks that Bob Ewell must be crazy, but the sheriff doesn't agree.
"-Wasn't crazy, mean as hell. Low-down skunk with enough liquor in him to make him brave enough to kill children. He'd never have met you face to face."
But Atticus, in his infinite kindness, doesn't understand this. He thinks that surely someone would have to be mentally unstable to do something like attack children. Heck Tate tries explaining it a different way.
Mr. Finch, there's just some kind of men you have to shoot before you can say hidy to 'em. Even then, they ain't worth the bullet it takes to shoot 'em. Ewell 'as one of them."
Essentially, Mr. Tate is saying some men are just no good, & there's nothing that will change them. Bob Ewell was one of those men. His attack on the children was cowardly to begin with, & staging it in the dark made it even more so. Scout doesn't quite understand this yet, & her ideas about the attack are all mixed up. She thinks it was Jem, not Boo, who pulled Bob off of her. Even though Jem had already been knocked down & had his arm broken, she thinks "Jem must have got up, I guess."
When Scout realizes it was Boo Radley who had helped she & Jem, she finds herself suddenly in tears. These are what blurs her image of him: tears for somone who could kind enough to escape his personal prison and help 2 children.
In the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" Heck Tate has to investigate the incident after the children are attacked while on their way home from the night festival. Scout was dressed in her Ham costume which made it difficult for her to see. She gets pushed down and can not get up as the wire of the costume presses down. Initially Scout and Jem think that Cecil is following them and playing a trick on them. hey hear someone running towards them. She feels Jem roll against her and then he is pulled away. He screams. Initially she asks "Atticus..?" thinking her father might be there.
Scout gets up and can not find Jem. She heads for the house. She follows along the road. She sees the street light on in the night and a man goes under it. She then sees the man crossing her yard.
"Light from the front door framed Atticus for an instant: he ran down the steps and together he and the man took Jem inside."(263)
Scout could not see the man because he was walking away from her and the different lights were distracting. He was more of a shadow in the light.
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