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Bob Ewell made only one specific threat against Atticus following the Tom Robinson trial in To Kill a Mockingbird. Shortly after the trial, Bob confronted Atticus outside the post office and spat in his face. According to Miss Stephanie Crawford, who witnessed the encounter, Bob also "threatened to kill him (Atticus)." He also called Atticus "'a nigger-lovin' bastard'" and other "names wild horses could not bring her to repeat." In October, Bob "acquired and lost a job in a matter of days"; Ruth Jones, "the welfare lady, said Mr. Ewell openly accused Atticus of getting his job," and indirectly called him a "bastard."
The only member of the Finch family that Bob threatens is Atticus. In Chapter 23, Stephanie Crawford tells the story of how Bob Ewell spat in Atticus' face and threatened him. As Atticus is leaving the post office, Bob Ewell stops him and begins cursing at him. Bob then spits in Atticus' face and threatens to kill him. Atticus remains calm as Bob continues to call him derogatory names and tries to intimidate him. Bob then asks Atticus if he is trying to fight and calls him a "nigger-lovin' bastard" (Lee 134). Atticus tells Bob that he is too old to fight and simply walks away. Following the incident, Jem and Scout begin to fear for their father's safety, but Atticus assures them that Bob Ewell got all of his hate out that day at the post office. Although Bob does not threaten Atticus' children, he does attempt to murder them towards the end of the novel.
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