To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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What is a good quote about Boo Radley being a mockingbird?

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In chapter 30, Atticus and Sheriff Tate have a conversation concerning Bob Ewell's attack and mysterious death. Sheriff Tate insists that Bob fell on his own knife, while Atticus believes that his son was responsible for Bob's death. However, Sheriff Tate implies that Boo Radley killed Bob Ewell and explains to Atticus why he will not inform the community about Boo's heroics by saying,

"Know what’d happen then? All the ladies in Maycomb includin‘ my wife’d be knocking on his door bringing angel food cakes. To my way of thinkin’, Mr. Finch, taking the one man who’s done you and this town a great service an‘ draggin’ him with his shy ways into the limelight—to me, that’s a sin. It’s a sin and I’m not about to have it on my head" (Lee, 280).

Scout listens to Sheriff Tate's explanation, and Atticus asks if she understands his reasoning. Scout metaphorically applies Atticus earlier lesson concerning mockingbirds by saying,

"Well, it’d be sort of like shootin‘ a mockingbird,...

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