What was Scout's intuition telling her? How did the blacks attending the trial respond to Atticus as he passed by? To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 21.

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Scout listened intently throughout the Tom Robinson trial and realized after hearing Bob Ewell's testimony that he may well have battered Mayella himself.

... Mr. Ewell could have beaten up Mayella. That much I could follow. If her right eye was blacked and she was beaten mostly on the right side of the face, it would tend to show that a left-handed person did it. Sherlock Holmes and Jem Finch would agree.

After returning home for lunch, Jem and Scout hurriedly returned to hear the final verdict. After more than three hours of deliberation, Scout "received the impression that was creeping into me." Despite the heat, Scout shivered as she would on a cold February night. Things took on a "dreamlike quality," and then she saw "something only a lawyer's child could be expected to see..."

    A jury never looks at a defendant it has convicted, and when the jury came in , not one of them looked at Tom Robinson.

Scout knew the worst before it was announced.

Following the verdict, Scout remained sitting, distraught at the outcome. Reverend Sykes "was punching me." When she looked around, Scout found that everyone in the balcony

"... were getting to their feet. Reverend Sykes' voice was as distant as Judge Taylor's.
    "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'."

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