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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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How does Atticus explain to Jem the reason for Bob Ewell's spitting on and threatening Atticus?

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Early in Chapter 23, Atticus explains that he smashed Ewell's credibility, and that people like Ewell have to get revenge for any slight or insult. (He also says he's willing to put up with it if it makes life a little easier for Mayella.)

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