What are some important passages in Chapters 7-12 of To Kill a Mockingbird?  Why are these passages important to the novel? For example, funny and powerful sections of the text would be appropriate.

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There are probably about a dozen of those kind of "passages" that you speak of, but let me get you started with three.  First, there is a poignant passage in Chapter 9 where Atticus speaks directly to Scout about why this court case is so important:

Scout, simply by the nature of the work, every lawyer gets at loeast one case in his lifetime that affects him personally.  This one's mine, I guess. . . .

"Atticus, are we going to win it?"

"No, honey."

"Then why--"

"Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win," Atticus said. (76)

The reason...

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