How are Judge Taylor's appearance and his ability two different things in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Judge Taylor looks sleepy and distracted, but he is actually alert and aware of everything that happens in his courtroom.

Judge Taylor likes to pretend he is not aware of what is going on.  He enjoys catching people off guard.  Scout describes him as “looking like a sleepy old shark” in court but generally amiable outside of it.  In court, he chews cigars and pretends to sleep.

He was a man learned in the law, and although he seemed to take his job casually, in reality he kept a firm grip on any proceedings that came before him. (ch 16)

Judge Taylor likes to run his court in his own way. He does not want anyone telling him what to do, and in his own way he runs a very tight ship.  He is a good man, and cares about Atticus and Tom getting a fair trial.


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