Why doesn't Atticus bring a chair for the man in the corner?In the last chapters of the book (28-33), why doesn't he bring the man a chair? Is it because Scout believes that he's a country man and...

Why doesn't Atticus bring a chair for the man in the corner?

In the last chapters of the book (28-33), why doesn't he bring the man a chair? Is it because Scout believes that he's a country man and doesn't want to sit?

 

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The man in the corner has just rescued Jem and carried him home.  Atticus knows he is there. 

"By the time I reached the corner, the man was crossing our front yard. Light from our front door framed Atticus for an instant; he ran down the steps, and together, he and the man took Jem inside. " (pg 263).

When the sheriff arrives, he also notices the man in the corner. 

"He glanced sharply at the man in the corner, nodded to him,then looked around the room at Jem, at Aunt Alexandra, then at Atticus." (pg 266)

Both of these men know Bo Radley (Arthur) well.  Scout did not know him at all.  We are seeing events through the eyes and mind of an 8-year-old. She is the one who describes him as

"....some countryman I did not know.  He had probably been at the pageant and was in the vicinity when it happened." (pg 265)

In actuality, he lived next door to them.  Scout feels that Atticus did not offer him a chair because Atticus was aware of the customs of country people.  She figured that he knew better than she did how to treat them. 

"This one was probably more comfortable where he was." (pg 256)

Later, we find out that Arthur is very shy and mentally slow.  When the men move their meeting to the porch, Atticus holds the door open for Arthur to join them, and finally just goes out on the porch himself.  Scout brings Arthur outside and leads him to a chair the furthest from Atticus and Mr. Tate --- somewhere in the deep shadows. By this time, even Scout knows that,

"Bo would feel more comfortable in the dark." (pg 272)

Mr. Tate knows that Bo killed Bob Ewell.  He could make him a hero by announcing to the world that he saved the children, but he says it was better to say that Bob fell on his knife. 

"If it was any other man, it would be different.  But not this man, Mr. Finch." (pg 276)

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