To Kill A Mockingbird Chapter 21 Quotes

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Chapter 21.  Atticus has lost and Tom Robinson has been found guilty by the all-white jury. But as Atticus leaves the courtroom, everyone in the balcony stands in unison: It is Tom's friends' way of honoring the attorney who has honored them all with his words and actions. When Scout fails to see that everyone else is on their feet, Reverend Sykes tells her 

     "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'."

Chapter 22.  Jem is distraught about the verdict, and he wonders if the people of Maycomb are as good as he had thought they were. Miss Maudie tries to console him. 

     "I simply want to tell you that there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them."

Chapter 23.  Bob Ewell has threatened Atticus, Tom faces the death penalty, and Jem is still upset about the jury's decision. When Scout tries to convince Aunt Alexandra to let Walter Cunningham Jr. visit, she refuses, telling Scout that Walter is "trash." Jem and Scout both wonder about the people of Maycomb and why they can't all just get along. He thinks perhaps Boo Radley is wiser than people think.

"I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in his house all this time... it's because he wants to stay inside.

Chapter 24.  Scout has seen how the devout ladies of Maycomb act at Aunt Alexandra's Missionary Circle meeting, and she is not impressed. When Atticus arrives with the news of Tom's death, however, Alexandra and Miss Maudie quickly regain their composure and resume serving refreshments, as if nothing has happened. Scout recognizes that they are the only real ladies present and

After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I.

Chapter 25.  Following Tom's death, the newspaper editor, B. B. Underwood--who "despises Negroes"--wrote about the "senseless killing," figuring "it was a sin to kill cripples..." 

He likened Tom's death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children...