What were the facts established by Mayella's testimony, and what do those facts imply?

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Mayella's testimony implies that she is reciting what she has been told to say, while some of the things she says are facts and others are simply made up.

Scout narrates that "[A]pparently Mayella's recital had given her confidence" indicating that her testimony has been rehearsed; also she adds that Mayella's account seemed "stealthy,...like a steady-eyed cat with a switchy tail." 

Certainly, there are inconsistencies with Mayella's testimony. For instance, she tells Atticus that Tom walks past her house every day, but the time that she has...

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