If you're looking for quotes that reveal someone's characteristics, rather than looking for any one particular type of quote, broaden your search to include any of these:
- Things that the character says out loud
- Things that the character thinks
- Things that the character does
- Things that the narrator or other characters say about that character
Here are some examples. I'll put in bold the quotes that are most relevant to establishing Tom's character not just as good but as diligent and generous.
1. First, from Chapter 9, here's something that Atticus says to Scout. He's talking about Tom Robinson:
"He lives in that little settlement beyond the town dump. He’s a member of Calpurnia’s church, and Cal knows his family well. She says they’re clean-living folks."
That quote helps characterize Tom as reputable, church-going, and clean-living. It's good support for the idea that Tom is a good worker: otherwise, he would have a reputation as someone lazy, and Calpurnia wouldn't say such good things about...
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