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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee
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The Idler's Club at the jail was interested in Tom Robinson's trial in To Kill A Mockingbird. True or false?

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The answer is true.

The Idlers' Club is described as "a group of...old men...attentive critics of courthouse business" who "knew as much law as the Chidf Justice, from long years of observation".  They are usually the only court spectators, and although they are a little annoyed at the commotion caused by the Robinson trial, they have definite opinions on the proceedings.  They don't like the fact that Atticus has been appointed to defend a Negro, and they make sure to get into the courhouse to witness the trial even though all the seats downstairs for the white people are taken (Chapter 16).

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