Among the many examples we can draw from the novel that show the people's prejudices against Atticus Finch for the defense of Tom Robinson, we have the sad fight between Scout and Francis. During the Christmas season, Scout has a confrontation with her cousin Francis after the latter insults Scout in several ways.
First, he calls Dill, Scout's best friend, a "runt." He discloses Dill's truth to Scout: essentially, that Dill is an unwanted child that is passed around "from relative to relative" until Miss Rachel keeps him in the summers. This, to Scout, is a painful truth to discover, and something she has not fully realized in the midst of her innocent journey into her other discoveries during that particular year (the year of the trial).
Another sad truth is hearing that, because of the trial, people are referring to Atticus Finch as a "nigger-lover."
I guess it ain’t your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger-lover besides, but I’m here to tell you it certainly does mortify the rest of the...
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