Sum up Mr. Ewell's testimony in To Kill a Mockingbird

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In chapter 17 , Bob Ewell takes the witness stand after Sheriff Tate and offers a fabricated story by falsely accusing Tom Robinson of assaulting and raping his daughter. Bob Ewell testifies that on the evening of November 21, he was returning home with a load of kindling when he...

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In chapter 17, Bob Ewell takes the witness stand after Sheriff Tate and offers a fabricated story by falsely accusing Tom Robinson of assaulting and raping his daughter. Bob Ewell testifies that on the evening of November 21, he was returning home with a load of kindling when he heard Mayella screaming from inside the house. Bob then testifies that he immediately dropped his load of wood and struggled to get over the fence. When Bob finally managed to enter his yard, he ran to the window, where he saw Tom Robinson raping his daughter. Bob states that Tom instantly ran out of the house and that Mayella was lying on the floor when he entered his home. Following the incident, Bob left the house to retrieve Sheriff Tate and told him that Tom Robinson raped his daughter.

During Atticus's cross-examination, Bob Ewell says that he never thought of calling a doctor to inspect Mayella's injuries and agrees with Sheriff Tate's assessment regarding the location and severity of Mayella's wounds. Atticus then has Bob Ewell sign his signature to show that he is left-handed. Later on, it is revealed that Tom Robinson has a stunted left arm, which suggests that Bob Ewell was responsible for Mayella's injuries. Overall, Bob Ewell's testimony is relatively straightforward, and he does not offer conflicting statements, like his daughter.

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