What happened in chapter 24 of To Kill A Mockingbird?

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In chapter 24, we read of the women's missionary gathering. More specifically, Grace Merriweather gives a report of the Mrunas, an African tribe.  She praises the efforts of the missionary, J. Grimes Evertt. 

Aunt Alexandra also wants Scout to the present.  She thinks that Scout can use some training to be a lady.  But as the chapter progresses, we see that meeting is filled with religious hypocrisy. For example, Mrs. Merriweather thinks that she is a kind and loving person, but she is a bigot who is blind. For example, she considers the people in Africa are barely human. Here is a quote:

Mrs. Merriweather’s large brown eyes always filled with tears when she considered the oppressed. “Living in that jungle with nobody but J. Grimes Everett,” she said. “Not a white person’ll go near ‘em but that saintly J. Grimes Everett.”

We also see hypocrisy in Maycomb's treatment of Tom Robinson. If the missionary society really cared about people, shouldn't they do something for the injustices in their own backyard?

Also towards the end of this chapter, we also read of the death of Tom Robinson. According to the prison, Tom tried to flee, and he was shot dead. 



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