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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Tom Robinson is one of the innocent human mockingbirds of Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Falsely accused of beating and raping Mayella Ewell (who he was actually trying to help), the crippled Robinson is staunchly defended by Atticus Finch before the Maycomb jury declares him guilty of his crimes. A field hand, Tom is married (to wife, Helen) with three children and is 25 years old at the start of the trial. He will not live to see his 26th birthday, since he is killed by prison guards while trying to escape. 

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Atticus asks Tom this question in the beginning of chapter 19 as well as many others about his background. Mr. Gilmer addresses much of his background as well.

Although an easy answer at just a number, I do think with this much of a hint, you are now indeed capable of finding your own answer in the text.

We are here for lots of types of answers... this is one you are capable of finding with a book, or even just taking a look at a summary online of a set of chapter notes for chapter 19.

Good luck.

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