What are important things that people say to/about Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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ABOUT ATTICUS FINCH

Bob Ewell.  Bob obviously doesn't care for Atticus after he and Mayella were exposed on the witness stand, and he doesn't like Atticus's choice--or color--of clients, either.

"Too proud to fight, you nigger-lovin' bastard?"  (Chapter 23)

Mayella Ewell.  Mayella is frightened of Atticus, and she mistakes his sincere politeness for sarcasm.

"Your fancy airs don't come to nothin'--your ma'amin' and Miss Mayellerin' don't come to nothin', Mr. Finch.  (Chapter 18)

Miss Maudie.  Maudie is proud of her neighbor, and she recognizes his value to the community. She tells Jem that

"... there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them.  (Chapter 22)

Miss Stephanie.  Miss Stephanie was quick to report the news about Atticus's confrontation with Bob Ewell, and she enjoyed how Atticus managed to keep a cool sense of humor after being spat upon.

Miss Stephanie said you had to hand it to Atticus Finch, he could be right dry sometimes.  (Chapter 23)

Jem.  After watching Atticus take out the mad dog with a single shot, Jem learns that his father isn't so helpless after all. He also learns a lesson about humility in the process.

"Atticus is a gentleman, just like me."  (Chapter 10)

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