Mayella may be nearly 20 years old and facing the unwanted responsibility of being the female head of the Ewell family, but she is friendless, "ignorant" and just plain scared when Atticus "rained questions on her." Mayella had already seen Atticus embarrass her father on the witness stand and, despite her immaturity, she must have known that the same fate also awaited her. Mayella had apparently never been treated with respect by any man before: Her own father beat her, and she mistook Atticus's honest respect as mockery. Nobody had ever called her "ma'am" before, and she believed that Atticus's "ma'amin' and Miss Mayellerin' don't come to nothin'..." She considered every man in the courtroom as "yellow, stinkin' cowards... the lot of you." Also, her own guilt must have been overwhelming, and by the end of her testimony, Atticus had gotten her to change and even contradict her own prior statements. In Mayella's confused eyes, Atticus was the enemy, the only man capable of exposing her lies and her "unspeakable" crime: that "She tempted a Negro."