To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Why are Jem and Scout worried for Atticus’ safety in Chapter 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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As was mentioned in the previous post, the children hear the story of how Bob Ewell confronted Atticus at the post office, threatened him, and spat in his face. Shortly after the incident, Jem and Scout both begin to worry about their father's safety because they believe that Mr. Ewell is going to hurt Atticus. Atticus begins to notice Jem and Scout moping around, and he finally asks Jem what is bothering him. Jem responds by telling Atticus that they are concerned about his safety. Atticus smiles and tells Jem that he believes Bob Ewell got all the hate out of his system that day at the post office. Aunt Alexandra then walks into the room...

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