What is a quote describing the children's reaction to Tom's verdict in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout's narration is surprisingly emotionally detached during her description of the Tom Robinson trial. There are aspects of the trial which are beyond her understanding, which explains part of her straight forward approach, but she is savvy enough to recognize that Atticus's attempt to sway the jury to the real truth is going to be ultimately unsuccessful. The return of the jury had "a dreamlike quality" to it: They moved "like underwater swimmers," and Judge Taylor's commanding voice seemed "tiny."

I saw something only a lawyer's child can be expected to see, could be expected to watch for, and it was like watching Atticus walk into the street, raise a rifle and pull the trigger, but watching all the time knowing that the gun was empty.
     A jury never looks at a defendant it has convicted, and when this jury came in, not one of them looked at Tom Robinson.

Jem had been much more emotional during the trial, and he was convinced that Atticus had proven Tom innocent. At one point he exclaimed to Scout that "We've got him." But when the trial was over, 

     It was Jem's turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd. "It ain't right," he muttered...
     "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem.
     "No son, it's not right." 

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What is the children's reaction(Jem and Scout)to the testimony of Heck Tate, Mayella Ewell, Tom Robinson?

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