In Chapter 15 of "To Kill A Mockingbird," who is "covering" Atticus during the mob incident at the jailhouse?

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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At the end of chapter 15, it states that "Mr. Underwood and a double-barreled shotgun were leaning out his window above The Maycomb Tribune office."  Mr. Underwood said, "Had you covered all the time, Atticus."  This is a relief, because the crowd had been pretty threatening, and if it hadn't been for Scout's innocent questions, things could have gotten violent.

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As Atticus protects jailed Tom Robinson from an mob of vigilantes, Mr. Underwood, the owner of the Maycomb newspaper, is positioned from a second-story window with a double-barreled shotgun pointed at the angry men. When the lynch mob leaves, Atticus and the children discover Mr. Underwood as he says, “Had you covered all the time, Atticus.”

Ironically, Mr. Underwood does not make himself known to the mob. Some critics say it is because he was afraid of retaliation or of being shunned from society for protecting Atticus, a man who was defending a black "rapist." Mr. Underwood is also know to "despise" black people.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Mr. Underwood is actually the one who is covering him. He has a shotgun pointed at the men but they have no idea that he was there. After the mob leaves he tells Atticus that he had him covered, but he is also like the other men and he is not as accepting of colored folk as Atticus. 

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