In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is the testimony of Heck Tate, Bob Ewell, Mayella Ewell, and Tom Robinson, and what is Atticus's summary?

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Heck Tate testifies that he visited the Ewell house to find Mayella on the floor, the right side of her face badly beaten. Bob Ewell testifies that he heard Mayella's screams and ran inside to find Tom raping her. Mayella Ewell testifies that she offered Tom a nickel to break down a wardrobe for her. Atticus summarizes that, since Tom has an incapacitated left hand, the jury should blame Bob Ewell for this tragedy.

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The key segment of Heck Tate's testimony comes during Atticus's cross-examination. In describing the injuries that he found on Mayella Ewell, he recalls that she was beaten on the right side of her face and that she had finger marks all the way around her throat.

Bob Ewell, a crude man who insults nearly everyone in the courtroom during his testimony, testifies that on the night in question, he heard Mayella screaming violently. He claims that he ran to the house and found Tom Robinson raping Mayella. He testifies that Tom ran out of the house before could be captured, and he also acknowledges that he didn't think Mayella should have been seen by a doctor for her injuries. He also demonstrates that he is left-handed, which means that he could have inflicted the injuries on Mayella himself.

Mayella Ewell proves skeptical of everyone in court, particularly Atticus. She finds his polite mannerisms insulting, as she has clearly never been treated with an iota of respect and cannot process his...

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