Describe two incidents where a mob is formed in To Kill A Mockingbird, including Scout's effect on the mob. I have this paper where I have to talk about two mobs forming in the book. I only...

Describe two incidents where a mob is formed in To Kill A Mockingbird, including Scout's effect on the mob. 

I have this paper where I have to talk about two mobs forming in the book. I only recall one mob forming. Could you help me? Also could you include pages! (: Thanks!

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lhc | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I am only familiar with one mob, the one at the jail where Tom Robinson is being held.  Atticus knows something is up, and stakes himself out there with his newspaper, waiting for them to arrive.  Walter Cunningham's father, who owes Atticus money he cannot pay, is among those men in the mob.  It is very interesting, because when Jem and Scout come along, Scout innocently begins a conversation with Mr. Cunningham about his son, Walter, and his "entailment" (his debt to Atticus).  This is enough to remind Mr. Cunningham that he is in a mob that is threatening someone who has been very good to him (and to his son).  Her innocent inquiries ("How's your entailment comin' along?") are enough to diffuse Mr. Cunningham, who then disperses the rest of the crowd and the crisis is averted. 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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I'm not so sure that I would call any of the gatherings of people in Maycomb a "mob" other than the group who tried to remove Tom from the jail on the night that Atticus stayed to protect his client. There were several other crowds of people mentioned in the story, however. A group of Atticus' friends gathered on their front lawn to warn him about the later mob that visited the jail. When Jem asked him if it had been a "gang" in the yard, Atticus told him they were only his friends.

"No, we don't have mobs and that nonsense in Maycomb."

A large "crowd" gathered for the trial--"multitudes," Scout called it. But such large groups of people were a rarity in Maycomb,

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