What did Atticus try to decide while walking to window, in Chap. 18 of To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee? In chapter 18 of "To Kill a Mockingbird," there was a quote that states that Atticus "walked slowly across the room to the windows...looked out, but didn't seem especially interested in what he saw, then he turned and strolled back to the witness stand...I could tell he was trying to come to a decisions about something." What decision did Atticus try to make here?

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Great question...reading between the lines!

As this seems to be more an answer based upon opinion, I can only tell you what I think.

In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is a gentleman, of this there is no doubt. He has a strong sense of fair play, believing someone is innocent until proven guilty, and that every person on God's green earth has the right to a fair trial, as best as he is able to provide one for Tom Robinson in Maycomb. Atticus shows concern for Boo Radley and Mrs. Dubose. He has a strong moral compass and cares that the example he sets for his children by the way he lives is one they will learn from, and still be proud enough of him to be able to look him in the eye.

With all this said, Atticus is getting ready to cross-examine a member of the Ewell...

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