ATTICUS VS. MISS CAROLINE. When Scout comes home from her first day of school not ever wanting to go back, Atticus realizes that he must reason with her in a way that will allow Scout to feel good about returning. Although Miss Caroline has demanded that Atticus stop reading to Scout, Atticus has a solution.
"Do you know what a compromise is?... If you'll concede the necessity of going to school, we'll go on reading every night just as we always have. Is it a bargain?" (Chapter 3)
THE MAD DOG. Atticus, formerly known as "Ol' One Shot," the best marksman in Maycomb County as a youth, has given up guns. But when Sheriff Tate demands that Atticus take the shot to take out the mad dog that threatens the people who live on his street, Atticus realizes that Tate is right. Walking alone into the street, Atticus puts a bullet between Tim Johnson's eyes.
"You haven't forgot much, Mr. Finch. They say it never leaves you." (Chapter 10)
DEFENDING TOM ROBINSON. Atticus did not volunteer to represent Tom; he was assigned the case by Judge Taylor. But he recognized that Tom needed the best defense possible, and he was willing to accept the responsibility, knowing that it may bring trouble for him and his family.
"You know, I'd hoped to get through life without a case of this kind, but John Taylor pointed at me and said 'You're It.'... But do you think I could face my children otherwise?" (Chapter 9)