HECK TATE. Heck testifies that after being contacted by Bob Ewell, he visits the Ewell house to find a beaten Mayella on the floor. He says that he found the right side of her face badly beaten and bruises around her neck, and that no doctor had been called to examine her.
BOB EWELL. Bob claims to have heard Mayella screaming from within the Ewell house, and when he came inside, he saw "that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!" Tom ran away after seeing Bob. Although Bob is never very specific, he claims that Tom raped and beat his daughter. During Atticus' cross examination, however, Bob complied with the request to write his name, which he did—with his left hand.
MAYELLA EWELL. Mayella claims that she offered Tom a nickel to
" 'bust up this chiffarobe,' " and when he came inside,
" 'fore I knew it he was on me. Just run up behind me, he did. He got me round the neck, cussin' me and sayin' dirt... He hit me agin an; agin."
During Atticus' cross examination, however, her story became less specific, and she recanted her earlier statement.
"No, I don't recollect if he hit me. I mean yes I do, he hit me... Yes, he hit--I just don't remember, I just don't remember... it all happened so quick."
She never describes the rape, only that Tom "done what he was after." She also nods when Atticus suggests that her father is not so "tollable... when he's drinking."
TOM ROBINSON. Tom, who has a crippled left arm, denies ever touching Mayella. He claims that he came inside the Ewell's house at Mayella's request, to fix a door and get a box off the top of the chiffarobe, and she suddenly kissed him and grabbed him around the waist while he stood on a chair. He immediately ran from the house out of fear, and as he did, Bob Ewell appeared at the window. "You goddam whore, I'll kill ya," Bob yelled at Mayella. Tom denied ever raping or harming Mayella in any way.
JUDGE TAYLOR. The judge had little to say, other than keeping order in the courtroom on several occasions. He made no summation or statement to the jury that was recorded by Scout (as narrator).
ATTICUS FINCH'S SUMMARY. Atticus's heartfelt summation requests the jury to overlook Tom's color and consider that Bob may have initiated Mayella's beating. He asks the jury to do its duty and, " ' In the name of God, believe him (Tom). ' "