To Kill a Mockingbird, 17-24

  • Jan 1, 1111

    Testimony of Sheriff Tate

    Mr.Gilmer, the prosocuting attorney, calls Heck Tate to the stand. He describes Mayellas injuries. Badly beaten, she was found with her right ye blackened and bruises around her neck and face.
  • Jan 2, 1111

    Bob Ewell

    Bob Ewell approches the stands with nothing new to add to the prosicution besides saying he had seen Tom Robinson beating Mayella.
    Upon cross-examination, however, Atticus discovers Mr.Ewell is left handed- an easy hit to a right eye, and he didn't call a doctor, either.
    Mr.Ewell is annoyed by the questions and sneers at Atticus.
  • Jan 3, 1111

    Testamony of Mayella

    Mayella says that the night she was "raped" was the first time Tom had passed the fence. She acts like a hostile witness, claiming Atticus is making fun of her.
    When asked if she loves her father, she states; "He's tolerable... except when...."
    Mayella hesitently admits that he can be bad when he drinks.
    When asked who attacked her, she points out Mr. Robinson, who had his right arm mangled in a cotton gin as a boy.
  • Jan 4, 1111

    Testimony of Tom Robinson

    According to Tom, Mayella had asked him onto her property many times before, and this time had asked Tom to help her fix the door to her house. Tom enters and looks at the door. Finding nothing wrong with the door he says there is nothing he can do and goes to leave. She stops him and asks Tom to lift a box down from atop a high dresser. Tom notices there are no children in the house and asks her where they have gone. With a smile she says they have gone to get icecream.
  • Jan 4, 1111

    Testimony of Tom Robinson Part 2

    Mayella grabs him around his legs. Tom steps down and faces Mayella who hugs him around his chest and kisses his mouth. Scared and confused, Tom tries to push himself away from Mayella without hurting her. Bob Ewell catches the two of them together and yells at Mayella. Tom runs and admits that he does not know who beat her (although it seems obvious that Bob Ewell, racist and mad at his daughter, beat Mayella).
  • Jan 5, 1111

    Dolphus Discovery

    Dill leaves the courtroom upset by the way Gilmer treated Tom on the stand. To help him soothe his nerves, Dolphus Raymond offers Dill a sip from the bottle he carries in a brown bag with him all the time. Dill takes a sip and realizes that Dolphus drinks Coca-Cola instead of whiskey as everyone had thought. Then the children ask Dolphus why he wants everyone to think he drinks whiskey and he responds "...I live like I do because that's the way I want to live"
  • Jan 6, 1111

    Calpurnia gets kids

    Calpurnia comes to the court to fetch the children. Atticus finally realizes that they have been watching the entire time. He allows them to come back later to hear the verdict. Excited and extremely proud of Atticus, the children feel that their side has won the case. They eagerly wait for the verdict and return to the courthouse where they rejoin Reverend Sykes after supper.
    Tom is found guilty.
  • Jan 6, 1111


    Bob Ewell, still angry about the way Atticus made him look on the stand, confronts Atticus on the way to the post office. Bob spits in Atticus's face and "told him he'd get him if it took the rest of his life" (229). AllAtticus has to say of the matter is, "I wish he didn't chew."
  • Jan 7, 1111


    Tom Robinson was shot and killed by guards as he tried to escape Enfield Prison Farm. Atticus describes the situation, "The guards called him to stop. Thy fired a few shots in the air, then to kill. They got him just as he went over the fence. They said if he had two good arms he would have made it, he was moving that fast.We had such a good chance.I guess Tom was tired of white men's chances and preferred to take his own" (248).