Jem and Scout were somewhat disappointed in Atticus because he wasn't athletic like some fathers in To Kill a Mockingbird. What happened to change their minds?

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At the beginning of chapter ten, Jem and Scout complain about their father being old and are ashamed of the fact that he does not have an intriguing, interesting occupation. Jem is also disappointed that his father will not participate in the upcoming football game between the Methodists and Baptists, while Scout finds it embarrassing that he wears glasses.

However, the children's opinion of their father dramatically changes after they witness him take Sheriff Tate's rifle and shoot a rabid dog staggering down the main road of Maycomb. After seeing their father shoot and kill a rabid dog in one shot, Miss Maudie explains to Jem and Scout that Atticus is an expert marksman, whose nickname used to be One-Shot Finch. Both Jem and Scout are astonished to learn that their father is Maycomb's best marksman,...

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