What is the important event in Chapter 10 of To Kill a Mockingbird and how does it affect the characters?

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One of the pivotal chapters of the first half of To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 10 reveals the secret talent that Atticus has hidden from his children for their entire lives. When the mad dog, Tim Johnson, is discovered walking down the main street of town, Sheriff Tate surprises the children by handing his shotgun to Atticus, who proceeds to kill the dog with a single shot between the eyes. In his youth, Atticus had been known as the best marksman in Maycomb County. Jem and Scout are overwelmed by this bit of news, and when the children wonder aloud why Atticus has never bragged about it, Miss Maudie tells them that

     "People in their right minds never take pride in their talents..."

In addition to the children finding out that Atticus is not "feeble," they learn a lesson about humility, and Jem proudly decides that

"Atticus is a gentleman, just like me!"

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