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What is a quote that depicts Mayella accusing Tom Robinson of rape in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird?

A quote that depicts Mayella accusing Tom Robinson of rape in To Kill a Mockingbird is "Fore I knew it he was on me. Just run up behind me, he did ... he chunked me on the floor an' choked me'n took advantage of me."

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During chapter 18, Mayella takes the stand and testifies against Tom Robinson, claiming he raped her when she invited him inside to bust up a chiffarobe. Her description of the attack is initially not terribly detailed:

... I turned around an 'fore I knew it he was on me. Just run up behind me, he did. He got me round the neck, cussin' me an' sayin' dirt—I fought 'n' hollered, but he had me round the neck. He hit me agin' an' agin'...

After a brief pause, she finishes with:

he chucked me on the floor an' choked me 'n took advantage of me.

Mayella's testimony does not hold up under scrutiny. Atticus questions Mayella about her home life, from which it is revealed that Bob Ewell is abusive to his children, and he asks her to repeat that Tom choked her and hit her face before revealing that Tom has a withered arm—making the attack as described by Mayella physically impossible, not to mention her testimony quite invalid.

Mayella's conduct during the scene is agitated. She is clearly under...

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