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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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There is an uneasy feeling at the end of Chapter 25 in To Kill a Mockingbird. What causes it?

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Tom Robinson is dead, and the town has moved on to more important events. "Maycomb was interested by the news of Tom's death for perhaps two days..." B. B. Underwood's editorial likening Tom's death to the "senseless slaughter of songbirds" should have put the matter to rest for most of the white community, but Bob Ewell is still not satisfied: He has made an ominous threat about it only being "one down and about two more to go." Although the children want to believe that Bob is "more hot gas than anything," he still gives Scout a "queasy feeling." They realize that Atticus must be one of the "two more to go" that Ewell mentions and fear for Atticus's safety. Jem and Scout are so worried for their father that they pledge to keep Bob's threat a secret from Atticus. The children will soon see that they have a right to worry, and that Bob's plans for the "two more to go" may not directly include Atticus after all.

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