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by Harper Lee

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How does Scout know about the verdict before she hears it? Also why do the colored people stand when Atticus leaves the court room?

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Before Judge Taylor reads the verdict in chapter 21, Scout mentions that she notices something that only a lawyer's daughter would consider significant. As the jury enters the courtroom after deliberating, Scout notices that none of the jury members look at Tom Robinson, which indicates that they found him guilty. Scout remembers her father telling her, "A jury never looks at a defendant it has convicted..." (Lee, 214). Scout knows immediately by the jurors' body language that Tom Robinson will be wrongly convicted. After Judge Taylor reads the guilty verdict, Atticus walks slowly down the aisle, and Reverend Sykes tells Scout to stand for her father. As Atticus leaves the courthouse, the entire colored balcony rises to their feet to demonstrate their respect for his valiant defense of Tom Robinson. The black community realizes how courageous Atticus is for defending a black man in front of a prejudiced jury and admires his effort. As a sign of their respect and appreciation, they stand for Atticus as he walks down the aisle.

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Scout has a feeling that she knows the verdict before she hears it.  Right before the jury returns with the verdict, she feels the same way that she did the morning Atticus shot the mad dog.  Scout knows that Atticus is doing what needs to be done, but something unhappy or sad will come out of it.

The colored people stand out of respect for Atticus. They are appreciative that he tried his best to defend Tom Robinson and put his entire reputation on the line to see justice served.

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zumba96 | Student

Scout had a feeling because in fact, the people on the jury would acquit Tom of committing a murder even though he did not commit anything. This was because of the racism spread throughout the town and even though Atticus proved his case, the disease of racism did not get off their backs.

mcwilliams14 | Student

cuz she just knew 

 

 

respect 

answerskid | Student

Scout had a feeling that the verdict was going to be guilty. She also notices that the Juries did not look at him as they entered. she mentions that juries do not look at the defendents when the verdict is guilty.

Colored people stood to show respect to Atticus. He put his whole career and reputation by defending Tom, a colored men accused of raping a white woman

naya23 | Student

Scout had a feeling that the verdict was going to be guilty. She also notices that the Juries did not look at him as they entered. she mentions that juries do not look at the defendents when the verdict is guilty.

Colored people stood to show respect to Atticus. He put his whole career and reputation by defending Tom, a colored men accused of raping a white woman.