To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is the testimony of Heck Tate, Bob Ewell, Mayella Ewell, and Tom Robinson, and what is Atticus's summary?

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Heck Tate testifies that he visited the Ewell house to find Mayella on the floor, the right side of her face badly beaten. Bob Ewell testifies that he heard Mayella's screams and ran inside to find Tom raping her. Mayella Ewell testifies that she offered Tom a nickel to break down a wardrobe for her, when he raped her. Atticus summarizes that, since Tom could not have inflicted Mayella's bruisings with his incapacitated left hand and Bob is left-handed, the jury should overlook their racist prejudice and consider the fact that Bob Ewell is to blame for this tragedy.


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Heck Tate is the first to testify and states that when he arrived on the scene, Mayella Ewell was severely beaten on the right side of her face. He also mentions that there were marks around Mayella's throat, which indicated that she had been choked.

Bob Ewell states that when he came home, he saw Tom Robinson "ruttin’ on my Mayella!" through the window. Bob Ewell then testifies that he immediately ran for Sheriff Tate instead of calling a doctor. Bob then testifies that he agrees with Sheriff Tate's testimony regarding the location and extent of Mayella's injuries. Atticus then makes him write...

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eddie6969 | Student

what chapter???????????????

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diegol49 | Student

HECK TATE.  Heck testifies that after being contacted by Bob Ewell, he visits the Ewell house to find a beaten Mayella on the floor. He says that he found the right side of her face badly beaten with bruises around her neck.

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reader1234 | Student

ok here goes no guarantees here haha

 

Heck Tate:  Bob Ewell fetched him, saying some one had raped Mayella, he went over, she was pretty bruised up.  Mayella identified Tom Robinson as the culprit and he was taken into custody. 

Bob Ewell:  He looked in the window, saw Tom Robinson raping Mayella, and ran him off, and ran for the sheriff. 

Mayella Ewell:  She asked Tom Robinson to "bust up a chiffarobe" for her, she went inside to get him a nickel and he came up behind her, beat her up, and raped her. 

Tom Robinson: He came inside because Mayella had asked him to fix a doorhinge or something, she took advantage of him and he couldn't fight back because that would be striking a white woman.  He ran off when Mr. Ewell came because it would have looked like something it wasn't, like it did. 

I hope i could help, try reading chapters 17-22

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