What are some important quotes with page numbers from chapter 26, 27, and 28 in the book To Kill A Mockingbird?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

In chapters 26–28 of To Kill a Mockingbird, we see the aftermath of Tom's death, the kids' attempts to process the trial, mischief in Maycomb, and Bob Ewell's final attack.

Chapter 26

There was one odd thing, though, that I never understood: in spite of Atticus 's shortcomings as...

Unlock
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

In chapters 26–28 of To Kill a Mockingbird, we see the aftermath of Tom's death, the kids' attempts to process the trial, mischief in Maycomb, and Bob Ewell's final attack.

Chapter 26

There was one odd thing, though, that I never understood: in spite of Atticus's shortcomings as a parent, people were content to re-elect him to the state legislature that year, as usual, without opposition. I came to the conclusion that people were just peculiar, I withdrew from them, and never thought about them until I was forced to. (243)

Here, we see a positive consequence of Atticus's work with Tom Robinson. The town, as traditional and prejudiced as most are, trusts Atticus to do the right thing, even when no one is watching. Scout's confusion reminds us of her age and her innocence. How can people chide his parenting, yet vote him in without question? Her innocence and naivety hold true in the following quote:

Jem, how can you hate Hitler so bad an' then turn around and be so ugly about folks right at home— (247)

In this quote, Scout reflects on how mad her teacher, Miss Gates, gets when discussing Hitler in class. However, Scout makes the connection to her comments at the courthouse where she openly makes a racist comment about the black community "gettin' way above themselves" (247). This quote connects the entire chapter by showing how even Scout can see the hypocrisy of her town at such a young age. She can't seem to figure out people in Maycomb, but it will take her years of living to realize why.

Chapter 27

In chapter 27, several incidents happen in town. Mr. Ewell loses his job and harasses Helen until Link Deas threatens him, and Judge Taylor has a shadowy visitor. Aunt Alexandra is concerned about these happenings, but Atticus understands Ewell's motive. Ewell knows "very few people in Maycomb really believed his and Mayella's yarns." Atticus also points out that he "proved him a liar," and Judge Taylor "made him look like a fool" (250). These comments set up the drama that will ensue in chapter 28.

Halloween approaches, and the kids prepare for the pageant. Scout is sad to hear neither Atticus nor Aunt Alexandra will be in attendance. Before Scout leaves, Alexandra states, "somebody just walked over my grave," foreshadowing the terror that will soon befall Jem and Scout (253). It's as if she knows something bad will happen that evening.

Chapter 28

After the pageant, the kids walk home in the dark and believe they are being followed by Scout's classmate, Cecil Jacobs. However, they quickly learn their "company" isn't a pranking peer.

Scout, in her large ham Halloween costume, feels someone "[crush] the chicken wire around [her]," which causes her to fall to the ground. Trapped in her costume, she hears "scuffling" and "kicking sounds" all around her until someone gets her on her feet (262).

This isn't an ordinary attack. Their attacker, whom we later find out to be Bob Ewell, is trying to do significant damage, possibly with the intent to kill. Thankfully, the kids survive.

Back at the Finch house, Sherrif Tate "glanced sharply at the man in the corner, nodded to him, then looked around the room—at Jem, at Aunt Alexandra, then at Atticus" (266).

Scout silently acknowledges this man and continues to wonder if he would like to sit or if he's more comfortable standing. She accepts Atticus's judgment of the situation but remains curious about the visitor. Little does she know that this is the man she's been dying to see her entire life.

Chapter 28 ends with the shocking news that "Bob Ewell's lyin' on the ground under that tree down yonder with a kitchen knife stuck up under his ribs" (266). Tate reveals that Ewell is dead, and the family is left to discover what events led to his murder.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Ch. 26:

"I sometimes felt a twinge of remorse, when passing by the old place, at ever having taken part in what must have been sheer torment to Arthur Radley - what reasonable recluse wants chldren peeping through his shutters, delivering greetings on the end of a fishing-pole, wandering in his collards at night?" (245).

Here, Scout shows how much she has matured over the course of the novel, putting herself in Arthur's shoes and realizing how insensitive she, Jem, and Dill were by bothering him.

"Well, coming out of the courthouse that night Miss Gates was ... talking with Miss Stephanie Crawford.  I heard her say it's time somebody taught 'em a lesson, they were gettin' way above thesmelves, an' the next thing they think that can do is marry us.  Jem, how can you hate Hitler so bad an' then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home -" (249-250).

Here, Scout recognizes her teacher's hypocrisy.  Miss Gates has just taught them how terrible it is what Hitler is doing to the Jews in Europe, but she is saying the Blacks in Maycomb need to be taught a lesson to keep them in their proper place.  Jem gets so angry at Scout's question, he leaps off the bed and shakes Scout, saying, "I never wanna hear about that courthouse again, ever, ever, you hear me?" (250).  He is angry because he cannot make sense out of the hypocrisy and prejudice, so he doesn't even want to think about it anymore.

Ch. 27:

"It might be because he knows in his heart that very few people in Maycomb believed his and Mayella's yarns.  He thought he'd be a hero, but all he got for his pain was ... was, okay, we'll convict this Negro but get back to your dump" (253).

This is Atticus explaining why, despite his win in court, Mr. Ewell is still so angry.  He's gone after the judge, he's gone after Helen Robinson, and he's spit in Atticus's face.  Soon, he will go after Atticus's children.  Aunt Alexandra seems to have a premonition something eveil is about to happen at the end of the chapter when she says, "Somebody just walked over my grave" (256).

Ch. 28:

"Jem was becoming almost as good as Atticus at making you feel right when things went wrong" (261).

This shows that Scout recognizes how much Jem has matured.  He has just tried to comfort her after she was told by Mrs. Merriweather that she had "ruined her pageant."  Jem shows he has learned compassion and kindness from his father.  He will soon show he has also learned courage and sacrifice as he risks his life to save his sister, pulling Mr. Ewell off her during the attack.

"Something crushed the chicken wire around me.  Metal ripped on metal and I fell to the ground and rolled as far as I could, floundering to escape my wire prison" (264).

This shows just how much danger Scout is in.  Jem is able to pull Mr. Ewell off her the first time, but the second time, Jem is lying unconscious on the ground.  It's up to Boo Radley to save her.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team