What is a quote from To Kill a Mockingbird that shows how Atticus was criticized after he chose to defend Tom?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Bob Ewell is about the only man to criticize Atticus to his face.

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

Instead, the citizens of Maycomb display their displeasure behind his back or to his children. Scout has to endure insults by Cecil Jacobs and her Cousin Francis, who echo Bob's "nigger-lover" epithet. The children "heard plenty from the town," mostly on the city sidewalks, but when they turned around to "face our accusers, we would only see a couple of farmers studying the enema bags in the Mayco Drugstore Window." The lynch mob is none too happy about Atticus's decision, but they seem to have too much respect for him to criticize him. On the day of the trial, the children overhear several members of the Idler's Club commenting on Atticus's choice of clientele, who claim that Atticus only

"... thinks he knows what he's doing."  (Chapter 16)

Mrs. Merriweather does offer her criticsim in Atticus's house, but he is not at home, and she never mentions him by name.

"Now far be it from me to say who, but some of 'em in this town thought they were doing the right thing awhile back, but all they did was stir 'em up".  (Chapter 24)

kimng2 | Student

Page 95 in my book (Published by Arrow Books) :

"Francis called Atticus somethin', an' I wasn't about to take it off him.'

'What did Francis call him?'

'A nigger-lover'


I hope this helped, and if this doesn't, I'm sorry. :(

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