In "To Kill a Mockingbird," how does Atticus change during the course of Mayella's testimony?

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During the trial Mayella testifies to her rape by Robinson.  When Atticus begins his cross-examination he is very calm, deliberate and polite.  He tells her he wants to "get to know" her.  As he progresses in in cross, he becomes more aggressive and even though he is still polite and compassionate, he is trying to break her down enough to tell the court that her father is the one who beat her.  The cross can be found around pages 194-200 in my edition, chapter 18.

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