Bob Ewell Quotes

I need ten quotes said by and about the character Bob Ewell in To Kill A Mockingbird.

Can you please include the chapter numbers too? That would be awesome!

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Here are a few quotes. In Chapter 3 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus tells Scout that the Ewells have been a disgrace in Maycomb for generations. He also explains why he doesn't mind that Bob breaks the law by hunting out of season. 

“It’s against the law, all right,” said my father, “and it’s certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains. I don’t know of any landowner around here who begrudges those children any game their father can hit.” 

In Chapter 17, during his testimony, Atticus shows how it was more likely that Mr. Ewell beat up Mayella. Illustrating his defiance and his ignorance, Mr. Ewell is asked if he is ambidextrous, to which he replies, "'I most positively am not, I can use one hand good as the other. One hand good as the other,' he added, glaring at the defense table." 

One of the lines that clearly demonstrates Atticus' ability to consider all angles and all perspectives of a situation occurs in Chapter 23. Atticus had a run in with Mr. Ewell during which Bob spit in Atticus' face. Challenged to fight, Atticus simply responds that he's too old and walks away. When Jem asks why he let Bob Ewell get away with such a thing, Atticus explains his thinking. 

So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take. He had to take it out on somebody and I’d rather it be me than that houseful of children out there. 

In Chapter 30, Mr. Tate insists that Bob Ewell killed himself, even if it was a lie, in order to protect Arthur (Boo) Radley and Jem. "Bob Ewell fell on his knife. He killed himself." Tate repeats this because he also believes that justice has been done. 

There’s a black boy dead for no reason, and the man responsible for it’s dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time, Mr. Finch. Let the dead bury the dead.