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Mayella Ewell Quotes

What are some quotes (with page numbers) that describe Mayella Ewell in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird?

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An interesting glimpse into the character of Mayella Ewell occurs in Chapter 17 of Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The story's young narrator, Scout Finch, is describing the Ewell family in less-than-flattering terms, emphasizing the clan's primitiveness and sloven ways. Scout's description proceeds as follows, beginning with a recitation of the artifacts found on the Ewell's lawn, before seguing into an observation regarding the possible influence on the surroundings of Mayella:

" . . . the remains of a Model-T Ford (on blocks), a discarded dentist’s chair, an ancient icebox, plus lesser items: old shoes, worn-out table radios, picture frames, and fruit jars, under which scrawny orange chickens pecked hopefully. . .One corner of the yard, though, bewildered Maycomb. Against the fence, in a line, were six chipped-enamel slop jars holding brilliant red geraniums, cared for as tenderly as if they belonged to Miss Maudie Atkinson, had Miss Maudie deigned to permit a geranium on her...

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