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This is not Scout's first visit to a courtroom; she and Jem have watched Atticus in action many times before. But this time what she witnessed
... had a dreamlike quality: in a dream I saw the jury return, moving like underwater swimmers, and Judge Taylor's voice came from far away... (Chapter 21)
Scout "shivered, though the night was hot," and the atmosphere inside reminded her of the winter day when Atticus was forced to shoot the mad dog. Scout still expected to hear the judge to say the words that would release Tom, just as Heck Tate had told Atticus to "Take him" when it came time to kill the rabid dog. But Scout soon saw that this was not to be.
I saw something only a lawyer's child could be expected to see, could be expected to watch for... (Chapter 21)
She saw that when the jury reentered the courtroom, not one of them looked at Tom Robinson, and Scout knew that
A jury never looks at a defendant it has convicted... (Chapter 21)
Although it seemed obvious that Atticus had proved his case--that Tom was innocent--each of the jurors answered "guilty" when they were polled by Judge Taylor, and Scout noticed that Jem's "shoulders jerked as if each 'guilty' was a separate stab between them."
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