"Mr. Ewell found himself as forgotten as Tom Robinson." Why is this so sad in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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The trial of Tom Robinson was a major event for little Maycomb.

     It was a gala occasion. There was no room at the public hitching rail for another animal... The courthouse square was covered with picnic parties...
     We knew there was a crowd, but we had not bargained for the multitudes...

For Bob Ewell, it was a big moment. He was one of the star witnesses, and he expected to receive sympathy from the town for the terrible crime perpetrated against his daughter. He expected everyone to believe his tale about Tom raping Mayella, and he must have assumed that by the end of the trial he would be a sort of minor celebrity instead of being part of the family that was "the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations." However, Atticus meant to defend Tom to the best of his...

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