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Atticus may have been a bit angry at Jem's initial refusal to leave the jail that night, but he wasn't angry afterward. The children's (Jem, Scout and Dill) arrival at the jail saved the day--and probably Tom Robinson's life. Atticus was alone at the jail when the lynch mob arrived, and it is unlikely that he would have been able to talk them out of removing Tom from behind bars. Atticus himself may have also been hurt. But the children's sudden appearance quelled the intentions of the men, and Jem's refusal to leave may have saved Atticus from injury. Although Scout and Dill seemed to be oblivious to what was happening around them, Jem sensed that something bad was about to happen. Atticus was proud of his son's decision to stay, and rubbing Jem's head was his way of showing the pride he had in his son.
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