Why does Helen walk a mile out of her way to get to work in To Kill a Mockingbird?  

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The scurrilous Bob Ewell wasn't satisfied with seeing Tom Robinson found guilty of a crime he did not commit, nor did Tom's death soothe his appetite for revenge. Bob began stalking Tom's wife, Helen, as she walked past the Ewell house each day. Bob "chunked at her," so Helen began taking the long way from her house on the way to work for Link Deas. Later, after a warning by Deas, Bob followed behind her "crooning foul words." Helen was "thoroughly frightened" this time, and Deas once again paid a threatening visit to Ewell, who was "leaning on a fence" outside Deas's store. When Deas threatened to report the incident to Sheriff Tate, for breaking the "Ladies' Law," Bob left Helen alone.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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