To Kill a Mockingbird

Chapter timeline/summary


Chapter 1

2001 - 2002

a. Dill comes to Maycomb to spend the summer with his aunt.
b. Dill becomes curious about the Radley house, in particular Boo Radley. Is told stories about Boo by Jem and Scout to deter him.
c. First signs of prejudice against Negroes in Maycomb
d. Jem is dared by Dill to touch the Radley house.

a. "Folks call me Dill," said Dill, struggling under the fence. Dill was from Meridian, Mississippi, was spending the summer with his aunt, Miss Rachel. (p. 13)

b. The Radley place fascinated Dill. In spite of our warnings and explanations it drew him no nearer than the light pole on the corner. There he would stand staring, wondering. (p. 14)

c. The sheriff hadn't the heart to put him in jail alongside Negroes, so Boo was locked in the courthouse basement. (p. 17)

d i. Dill bet Jem The Grey Ghost against tow Tom Swifts that Jem wouldn't get any father than the Radley gate. (p. 19)
d ii. Jem threw open the gate and sped to the side of the house, slapped it with his palm and ran back past us, not waiting to see his foray. (p. 20)

Chapter 2

2002 - 2003

a. Scout attends school for the first time
b. Miss Caroline, Scout's teacher, is frustrated that Scout already knows hoe to read well.
c. Learn about the Cunninghams
d. Scout is punished for trying to explain to Miss Caroline about the Cunninghams.

a. I was miserable without him (Dill) until it occurred to me that I would be starting school in a week. I never looked forward more to anything in my life. (p. 21)

b. She discovered I was literate and looked at me with faint distaste. Miss Caroline told me to tell my father not to teach me any more, it would interfere with my reading. (p. 23)

c. "That's okay, ma'am, you'll get to know all the country folks after a while. The Cunninghams never took anything they can't pay back. They never took anyhing off of nobody, they get along on with what they have." (p. 26)

d. Miss Caroline picked up her ruler, gave me half a dozen quick little pats, then told me to stand in the corner. It finally occured to the class that Miss Caroline had whipped me. (p. 27-28)

Chapter 3

2003 - 2004

a. Walter Cunningham is invited to Jem and Scout's place for lunch. Scout embarrasses Walter when he poured syrup all over his food. Calpurnia tells her about hospitality.
b. Burris Ewell is told to go home after lice were found in his hair by Miss Caroline. Burris says he's not coming back tomorrow. Miss Caroline doesn't understand till she is told about the Ewells. Burris decides to leave early and makes her cry before doing so.
c. Scout is dissatisfied with school.
d. Atticus explains to Scout about the Ewells.

a i. Jem suddenly grinned at him. "Come on home for dinner with us, Walter," he said. "We'd be glad to have you." (p. 29)
a ii. Walter poured syrup on his vegetables and meat with a generous hand. He would probably have poured it into his milk glass had I not asked what the sam hill he was doing.
The silver saucer clattered, and he quickly put his hands in his lap. Then he ducked his head. (p. 30)
a iii. "That boy's yo' company and if he wants to eat up the table-cloth you let him, you hear?"
"He ain't company Cal, he's just a Cunningham - "
"Hush your mouth! Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo' company." (p. 30)

b i. "Well Burris," said Miss Caroline, "I think we'd better excuse you for the rest of the afternoon. I want you to go home and wash your hair." (p. 32)
b. ii. The boy laughed rudely. "You ain't sendin' me home, missus. I on the verge of leavin'." (p. 32)
b iii. "He's one of the Ewells, ma'am. Whole school's full of 'em. They come first day every year and then leave." (p. 33)
b iv. Safely out of range he shouted: "Report and be damned to ye! Ain't no snot-nosed slut of a schoolteacher ever born c'n make me do nothin'! You ain't makin' me go nowhere, missus. You just remember that, you ain't makin' me go nowhere!" He waited until he was sure she was crying, then he shuffled out of the building. (p. 33-34)

c. The prospect of spending nine months refraining from reading and writing made me think of running away.
By late afternoon most of my travelling plans were complete. (p. 34)

d. Atticus said the Ewells had been the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations. None of them had done an honest day's work for his recollection. They were people, but they lived like animals. (p. 36)

Chapter 4

2004 - 2005

a. Scout finds tinfoil sticking out of a knothole in a tree at the Radley's place. In the tinfoil was chewing gum. Jem tells her to spit it out when he came home from school.
b. On their way home from the last day of school, there is another piece of tinfoil in the knothole. Behind it is a jewllery box containing two Indian head pennies.
c. Dill arrives back at Maycomb
d. Scout, Jem and Dill play with a tyre. Scout is first one in and is pushed down the street. She crashes into the Radley front yard dazed.
e. Jem comes up with a new game. The game is acting out the life of Boo Radley. Atticus comes home one day and becomes suspicious of their behaviour.

a i. Something about one of the trees attracted my attention. Some tinfoil was sticking in a knot-hole, winking at me in the afternoon sun. I stood on tiptoe, reached into the hole, and withdrew two pieces of chewing gum. (p. 39)
a ii. "Don't eat things you find , Scout."
"This wan't on the ground, it was in a tree."
Jem growled.
"Well it was," I said. "It was sticking in that tree yonder, the one comin' from the school."
"Spit it out right now!" (p. 39)

b. Trying to make Jem believe I had found it there, and found myself pointing at another piece of tinfoil.
"I see it, Scout! I see it - "
Jem looked around, reached up and pocketed a tiny shiny package.We ran home, and on the front porch we looked at a small box. It was the kind wedding rings came in. Jem flicked open the tiny catch to reveal two scrubbed and polished pennies.
"Indian-heads," he said. "Nineteen-six and Scout, one of 'ems nineteen hundred. These are real old." (p. 40)

c. Two days later Dill arrived in a blaze of glory; he had ridden the train by himself from Meridian to Maycomb Junction where he had been met by Miss Rachel in Maycomb's one taxi. (p. 41)

d. The tyre bumped on gravel, skeetered across the road, crashed into a barrier and popped me like a cork on to pavement. Dizzy and nauseated, I lay on the cement and shook my head still, pounded my waers in silence. I raised my head and stared at the Radley place steps in front of me. I froze. (p. 43)

e i. "I know what we are going to play," he announced. "Something new, something different."
"What?" asked Dill.
"Boo Radley." (p. 44)
e ii. "Give me those scissors," said Atticus. "They're no things to play with. Does this by any chance have anything to do with the Radleys?"
"No sir," said Jem, reddening.
"I hope it doesn't," he said shortly, and went back inside the house. (p. 46)

Chapter 5

2005 - 2006

a. Neglected by Jem and Dill, Scout spends her time with Miss Maudie Atkinson. She tells her more about the Radleys.
b. Scout finds out that Dill and Jem are planning to lure Boo by placing a letter on the window sill with a pole
c. Atticus finds out that Jems, Scout and Dill have been harassing Boo. He tells them to stop it and isn't impressed by their actions.

a i. I spent most of the remaining twilight that summer sitting with Miss Maudie Atkinson on her front porch. (p. 47)
a ii. "Yessum. How do you know?"
"Know what, child?"
"That B - Mr Arthur's still alive?"
"What a morbid question. But I suppose it's a morbid subject. I know he's alive, Jean Louise, because I haven't seen him carried out yet." (p. 49)

b. Jem was merely going to put the note on the end of a fishing-pole and stick it through the shutters. If anyone came along, Dill would ring the bell. (p. 52)

c. Jem held out a filthy piece of paper. Atticus took it and tried to read it. "Why do you want Mr Radley to come out?"
Dill said, "We thought he might enjoy us ..." and dried up when Atticus lokked at him.
"Son," he said to Jem, "I'm going to tell you something and tell you one time: stop tormenting that man. That goes for the other two of you." (p. 55)

Chapter 6

2006 - 2007

a. Jem peeks into the window of the Radleys place and nearly gets him, Dill and, Scout, shot by Mr Radley.
b. They run away and crawl under the wire fence. Jem's pants get caught in the fence.
c. Mr Radley tells the neighbourhood he believes a Negro was peeking through his window.

a i. Jem skipped two steps, put his foot on the porch, heaved himself to it, and teetered a long moment. He regained his balance and dropped to his knees. He crawled to the window, raised his head and looked in. (p. 59)
a ii. Halfway through the collards I tripped; as I tripped the roar of a shotgun shattered the neighbourhood. (p. 59)

b. We ran back and found him struggling in the fence, kicking his pants off to get loose. He ran to the oak tree in his shorts. (p. 60)

c. "Where were you all, didn't you hear the commotion?"
"What happened?" asked Jem.
"Mr Radley shot at a Negro in his collard patch."
"Oh. Did he hit him?
"No," said Miss Stephanie. (p. 60)

Chapter 7

2007 - 2008

a. Jem tells Scout the strange thing about his pants when he found them on the gate.
b. One day in the knothole, they find figures that resembled them in soap. Scout believed they were voodoo dolls.
c. Over the following weeks they find more goods in the tree.
d. One day, they discover the knothole is filled with cement. Jem asks Mr Radley why and he said it was sick.

a. "When i went back, they were folded across the fence ... like they were expectin' me."
"And something else-" Jem's voice was flat. "Show you when we get home. They'd been sewed up. Not like a lady sewed 'em, like somethin' I'd try to do. All crooked." (p. 64)

b. I pulled out two small images carved in soap. One was the figure of a boy, the other wore a crude dress.
Before I remembered that there was no such thing as hoodoing, I shrieked and threw them down. (p. 65)

c. Our biggest prize appeared four days later. It was a pocket-watch that wouldn't run, on a chain with an aluminium knife. (p. 66)

d i. "Scout!"
I ran to him.
Someone had filled our knot-hole with cement. (p. 68)
d ii. "Mr Radley, ah - did you put cement in that hole in that tree down yonder?"
"Yes," he said. "I filled it up."
"Why'd you do it, sir?"
"Tree's dying. You plug 'em with cement when they're sick. You ought to know that, Jem." (p. 68)

Chapter 8

2008 - 2009

Chapter 9

2009 - 2010

a. Scout asks Atticus if he defends "niggers". He answers and tells her not to use that term.
b. Atticus, Jem and Scout go to Finch's Landing to spend Christmas with Uncle Jack, Aunt Alexandra and Francis.
c. Jem and Scout receive air-rifles and are taught by Uncle Jack and not Atticus.
d. Scout beats up Francis after calling Atticus an "nigger-lover."
e. Scout learns more about her father's case by eavesdropping on Atticus talking with Uncle Jack.

a. "Doy you defend niggers, Atticus?" I asked him that evening.
"Of course I do. Don't say nigger, Scout. That's common."
" 's what everybody at school says."
"From now on it'll be everybody less one-" (p. 81)

b. We went to Finch's landing every Christmas in my memory. The fact that Aunty was a good cook was some compensation for being forced to spend a religious holiday with Francis Hancock. He was a year older than I, and I avoided him on principle; he enjoyed everything I disapproved of, and disliked my ingenious diversions. (p. 83)

c. "Don't point them in the house," said Atticus, when Jem aimed at a picture on the wall.
"You'll have to teach 'em to shoot," said Uncle Jack. (p. 85)

d. Francis looked at me carefully, concluded that I had been subdued, and crooned softly, "Nigger-lover..."
This time, I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth. My left impaired, I sailed in with my right. (p. 91)

e. "It couldn't be worse, Jack. The only thing we've got is a black man's words against the Ewells'. The evidence boils down to you-did - I - didn't. The jury couldn't be possibly expected to take Tom Robinson's words against the Ewells'." (p. 94)

Chapter 10

2010 - 2011

a. Atticus tells Jem and Scout it a sin to kill a mockingbird. Miss Maudie explains this to Scout.
b. One day, Jem and Scout see a dog acting strange. Calpurnia calls for Atticus to say there's a mad dog on the loose.
c. Hech Tate and Atticus arrive on the scene. The dog was in range for Tate's rifle but gives it to Atticus to shoot. Jem and Scout are shocked their father could shoot.
d. Miss Maudie explains to Jem and Scout about Atticus' shooting reputation.

a i. "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (p. 96)
a ii. "Your father's right," she said. "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us." (p. 96)

b i"Watcha looking at?"
"That old dog down yonder," he said.
"That's old Tim johnson ain't it?"
Tim Johnson was the property of Mr Harry Johnson who drove the Mobile bus and lived on the southern edge of town.
"What's he doing?"
"I don't know, Scout. We better go home." (p. 98)
b ii. "Mr Finch!" she shouted. "This is Cal. I swear to God there's a mad dog down the street a piece." (p. 99)

c i. As Calpurnia sprinted to the back porch a black Ford swung into the driveway. Atticus and Mr Tate got out. (p. 100)
c ii. "Take him,Mr Finch." Mr Tate handed the rifle to Atticus.
"Don't waste time, Heck," said Atticus. "Go on."
"Mr Finch, this is a one-shot job." (p. 101)

d. "Forgot to tell you the other day that besides playing the Jew's Harp, Atticus Finch was the deadest shot in Maycomb County in his time..." (p. 106)

Chapter 11

2011 - 2012

a. Jem turns twelve and receives a large sum of cash for his birthday. He purchases a baton for Scout, and a toy train for himself.
b. Jem, pushed to the breaking of point caused by Mrs. Dubose insulting Atticus for defending Tom Robinson, snaps. He breaks Scout's baton and ruins Mrs Dubose's garden.
c. Jem, to make up for what he has done, has to read to Mrs Dubose for a month.
d. Mrs Dubose dies. She gives Jem a box with a camellia in it. Angry, he throws it to the ground.

a. The day after Jem's twelfth birthday his money was burning up in his pockets, so we headed for town in the early afternoon. Jem thought he had enough to buy a miniature steam-engine for himslef and a twirling baton for me. (p. 106)

b. He did not begin to calm down until he had cut the tops off every camellia bush Mrs Dubose owned, until the ground was littered with green buds and leaves. He bent my baton against his knee, snapped it in two and threw it down. (p. 109)

c. "Yes sir. She wants me to come every afternoon after school and Saturdays and read to her aloud for two hours. Atticus, do I have to?"
"But she wants me to do it for a month."
"Than you'll do it for a month." (p. 111)

Chapter 12

2012 - 2013

a. Jem and Scout go with Calpurnia to her Church.
b. One of the Negros, Lula, doesn't like Cal bringing white children to Black Church.
c. Scout and Jem notice how different this Church is compared to theirs.

a. Suddenly she smiled. "How'd you and Mister Jem. like to come to church with me tomorrow?"
"How 'bout it?" grinned Calpurnia.

b. "What you want, Lula?" she asked, in tones I had never heard her use. She spoke quietly, contemptuously.
"I wants to know why you bringin' white chillun to nigger church."
"They's my comp'ny," said Calpurnia. Again I thought her voice strange: she was talking like the rest of them.
"Yeah, an' I reckon you's comp'ny at the Finch house durin' the week."

c.Along its walls unlighted kerosene lamps hung on brass brackets; pine benches served as pews. Behind the rough oak pulpit a faded pink silk banner proclaimed God Is Love, the church's only decoration except a rotogravure print of Hunt's The Light of the World. There was no sign of piano, organ, hymn-books, church programs the familiar ecclesiastical impedimenta we saw every Sunday. It was dim inside, with a damp coolness slowly dispelled by the gathering congregation.

Chapter 13

2013 - 2014

a. Aunt Alexandra arrives at Maycomb to stay with Scout, Jem, and Atticus for a while.

a. "Have you come for a visit, Aunty?" I asked. Aunt Alexandra's visits from the Landing were rare, and she traveled in state. She owned a bright green square Buick and a black chauffeur, both kept in an unhealthy state of tidiness, but today they were nowhere to be seen.
"Didn't your father tell you?" she asked.
Jem and I shook our heads.
"Probably he forgot. He's not in yet, is he?"
"Nome, he doesn't usually get back till late afternoon," said Jem.
"Well, your father and I decided it was time I came to stay with you for a while."

Chapter 14

2014 - 2015

a. Scout asks Atticus what does rape mean as Calpurnia wouldn't explain it.
b. Scout asks Atticus if she could go to Cal's place. Aunt Alexandra says no. Scout talks back to her and locks herself in the bathroom.
c. Scout starts a fight with Jem because he is telling her what to do.
d. Scout finds Dill under her bed who had run away from his cruel parents.

a. "What's rape?" I asked him that night.
Atticus looked around from behind his paper. He was in his chair by the window. As we grew older, Jem and I thought it generous to allow Atticus thirty minutes to himself after supper.
He sighed, and said rape was carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent.
"Well if that's all it is why did Calpurnia dry me up when I asked her what it was?"

b. I remembered something. "Yessum, and she promised me I could come out to her house some afternoon. Atticus, I'll go next Sunday if it's all right, can I? Cal said she'd come get me if you were off in the car."
"You may not."
Aunt Alexandra said it. I wheeled around, startled, then turned back to Atticus in time to catch his swift glance at her, but it was too late. I said, "I didn't ask you!"
For a big man, Atticus could get up and down from a chair faster than anyone I ever knew. He was on his feet. "Apologize to your aunt," he said. "I didn't ask her, I asked you-"
Atticus turned his head and pinned me to the wall with his good eye. His voice was deadly: "First, apologize to your aunt."

c. With that, I was gone. "You damn morphodite, I'll kill you!" He was sitting on the bed, and it was easy to grab his front hair and land one on his mouth. He slapped me and I tried another left, but a punch in the stomach sent me sprawling on the floor. It nearly knocked the breath out of me, but it didn't matter because I knew he was fighting, he was fighting me back. We were still equals.

d. Suddenly a filthy brown package shot from under the bed. Jem, raised the broom and missed Dill's head by an inch when it appeared.
"God Almighty." Jem's voice was reverent.
We watched Dill emerge by degrees. He was a tight fit. He stood up and eased his shoulders, turned his feet in their ankle sockets, rubbed the back of his neck. His circulation restored, he said, "Hey."

Chapter 15

2015 - 2016

a. Atticus talks with Tate about keeping Tom Robinson in the town jail. He doesn't want him in the jail the night before trials start.
b. One night Atticus goes into town with an extension lead and light bulb. Curious, Dill, Scout, and Jem follow.
c. Out the front of the jail, Atticus is confronted by men who wish to harm Tom Robinson.

a. ". . . movin' him to the county jail tomorrow," Mr. Tate was saying, "I don't look for any trouble, but I can't guarantee there won't be any. . . ."
"Don't be foolish, Heck," Atticus said. "This is Maycomb."
I. . . said I was just uneasy."
"Heck, we've gotten one postponement of this case just to make sure there's nothing to be uneasy about. This is Saturday," Atticus said.
"Trial'll probably be Monday. You can keep him one night, can't you? I don't think anybody in Maycomb'll begrudge me a client, with times this hard."

b i. Atticus did something that interested us: he came into the livingroom carrying a long electrical extension cord. There was a light bulb on the end.
"I'm going out for a while," he said. "You folks'll be in bed when I come back, so I'll say good night now."
With that, he put his hat on and went out the back door.
b ii. "Why ain't you going to bed?"
"I'm goin' downtown for a while." He was changing his pants.
"Why? It's almost ten o'clock, Jem.
He knew it, but he was going anyway.
"Then I'm goin' with you. If you say no you're not, I'm goin' anyway, hear?"
Jem. saw that he would have to fight me to keep me home, and I suppose he thought a fight would antagonize Aunty, so he gave in with little grace.
I dressed quickly. We waited until Aunty's light went out, and we walked quietly down the back steps. There was no moon tonight.
"Dill'll wanta come," I whispered.

c. "You know what we want," another man said. "Get aside from the door, Mr. Finch."

Chapter 16

2016 - 2017

a. People from across the county begin arriving in Maycomb forthe trial of Tom Robinson.
b. Scout, Dill, and Jem sit with Reverand Skyes in the "coloured" section above the courtroom to watch the trial.

a. It was like Saturday. People from the south end of the county passed our house in a leisurely but steady stream.

b. "There's not a seat downstairs. Do you all reckon it'll be all right if you all came to the balcony with me?"
"Gosh yes," said Jem. Happily, we sped ahead of Reverend Sykes to the courtroom floor. There, we went up a covered staircase and waited at the door. Reverend Sykes came puffing behind us, and steered us gently through the black people in the balcony. Four Negroes rose and gave us their front-row seats.

Chapter 17

2017 - 2018

a. Heck Tate gives his witness account to the court.
b. Bob Ewell give his witness account to the court. When questioned by Atticus can he write, he replies he can. He writes down his name with his left hand which causes the crowd to become unsettled.

a. Mr. Tate said, "It was the night of November twenty first. I was just leaving my office to go home when Mr. Ewell came in, very excited he was, and said get out to his house quick, some nigger'd raped his girl."
"Did you go?"
"Certainly. Got in the car and went out as fast as I could."
"And what did you find?"
"Found her lying on the floor in the middle of the front room, one on the right as you go in. She was pretty well beat up, but I heaved her to her feet and she washed her face in a bucket in the corner and said she was all right.

b i. ". . . Robert E. Lee Ewell!"
In answer to the clerk's booming voice, a little bantam cock of a man rose and strutted to the stand, the back of his neck reddening at the sound of his name. When he turned around to take the oath, we saw that his face was as red as his neck.
b ii. "Mr. Ewell, can you read and write?"
Mr. Gilmer interrupted. "Objection," he said. "Can't see what witness's literacy has to do with the ease, irrelevant'n'immaterial."
Judge Taylor was about to speak but Atticus said, "Judge, if you'll allow the question plus another one you'll soon see."
"All right, let's see," said Judge Taylor, "but make sure we see, Atticus. Overruled."
Mr. Gilmer seemed as curious as the rest of us as to what bearing the state of Mr. Ewell's education had on the case.
"I'll repeat the question," said Atticus. "Can you read and write?"
"I most positively can."
b iii. "What's so interestin'?" he asked.
"You're left-handed, Mr. Ewell," said Judge Taylor.
Mr. Ewell turned angrily to the judge and said he didn't see what his being left-handed had to do with it, that he was a Christ-fearing man and Atticus Finch was taking advantage of him. Tricking lawyers like Atticus Finch took advantage of him all the time with their tricking ways.

Chapter 18

2018 - 2019

a. Mayella Ewell is called to the witness stand. Atticus asks her questions which makes her uncomfortable.

a. "Won't answer a word you say long as you keep on mockin' me," she said. "Ma'am?" asked Atticus, startled.
"Long's you keep on makin' fun o'me."
Judge Taylor said, "Mr. Finch is not making fun of you. What's the matter with you?"
Mayella looked from under lowered eyelids at Atticus, but she said to the judge: "Long's he keeps on callin' me ma'am an sayin' Miss Mayella. I don't hafta take his sass, I ain't called upon to take it."

Chapter 19

2019 - 2020

a. Tom Robinson gives his witness account to the court.

a. Tom took the oath and stepped into the witness chair. Atticus very quickly induced him to tell us: Tom was twenty-five years of age; he was married with three children; he had been in trouble with the law before: he once received thirty days for disorderly conduct.

Chapter 20

2020 - 2021

a. Atticus gives his closing remarks to the jury.
b. Calpurnia arrives in court.

a. A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up. I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of God, do your duty."

b. We followed his finger with sinking hearts. Calpurnia was making her way up the middle aisle, walking straight toward Atticus.

Chapter 21

2021 - 2022

a. Calpurnia gives Atticus informing him the kids have gone missing.
b. Atticus finds them in the balcony and says to them they can come back when they've finished dinner.
c. They come back to the court to hear the verdict: guilty. Atticus leaves and the Negros stand in a sign of respect.

a. Judge Taylor nodded and Atticus took the envelope from Calpurnia. He opened it, read its contents and said, "Judge, I-this note is from my sister. She says my children are missing, haven't turned up since noon . . . I . . . could you---?”
b. "Tell you what, you all can come back when you've eaten your supper-eat slowly, now, you won't miss anything important-and if the jury's still out, you can wait with us. But I expect it'll be over before you get back."
c. I shut my eyes. Judge Taylor was polling the jury: "Guilty . . . guilty . . . guilty . . . guilty . . ." I peeked at Jem: his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each "guilty" was a separate stab between them.
Judge Taylor was saying something. His gavel was in his fist, but he wasn't using it. Dimly, I saw Atticus pushing papers from the table into his briefcase. He snapped it shut, went to the court reporter and said something, nodded to Mr. Gilmer, and then went to Tom Robinson and whispered something to him. Atticus put his hand on Tom's shoulder as he whispered. Atticus took his coat off the back of his chair and pulled it over his shoulder. Then he left the courtroom, but not by his usual exit. He must have wanted to go home the short way, because he walked quickly down the middle aisle toward the south exit. I followed the top of his head as he made his way to the door. He did not look up.
Someone was punching me, but I was reluctant to take my eyes from the people below us, and from the image of Atticus's lonely walk down the aisle.
"Miss Jean Louise?"
I looked around. They were standing. All around us and in the balcony on the opposite wall, the Negroes were getting to their feet. Reverend Sykes's voice was as distant as Judge Taylor's:
"Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'."

Chapter 22

2022 - 2023

a. Atticus is feeling down about the case. Tom Robinson received a death sentence. He tells Jem and Scout there is still the appeal process.
b. Atticus receives food baskets from Negros who thank him for all his done.
c. The kids are warned to stay off the street. Mr Ewell is on the loose looking for vengeance against Atticus for diminishing whatever reputation he had.

a. "Is he all right?" Aunty asked, indicating Jem.
"He'll be so presently," said Atticus. "It was a little too strong for him." Our father sighed. "I'm going to bed," he said. "If I don't wake up in the morning, don't call me."

b. Atticus looked up at her, puzzled, and she said, "You better step out here and see what's in the kitchen, Mr. Finch."
We followed him. The kitchen table was loaded with enough food to bury the family: hunks of salt pork, tomatoes, beans, even scuppernongs.
Atticus grinned when he found a jar of pickled pigs' knuckles. "Reckon Aunty'll let me eat these in the diningroom?"
Calpurnia said, "This was all 'round the back steps when I got here this morning. They-they 'preciate what you did, Mr. Finch. They - they aren't oversteppin' themselves, are they?"

c. 'You get on in the back yard and stay there," she said. 'There's danger a'comin'.
“’s matter?" I asked.
"Ain't you heard yet? It's all over town!”
At that moment Aunt Alexandra came to the door and called us, but she was too late. It was Miss Stephanie's pleasure to tell us: this morning Mr. Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post office corner, spat in his face, and told him he'd get him if it took the rest of his life.

Chapter 23

2023 - 2024

a. Atticus jokes about Bob Ewell's attack
b. Scout decides to make friends with Walter Cunningham but is told not to by Aunt Alexandra
c. Jem thinks that there are four types of people in the world.

a. "I wish Bob Ewell wouldn't chew tobacco," was all Atticus said about it.

b. "Don't be silly, Jean Louise," said Aunt Alexandra. "The thing is, you can scrub Walter Cunningham till he shines, you can put him in shoes and a new suit, but he'll never be like Jem. Besides, there's a drinking streak in that family a mile wide. Finch women aren't interested in that sort of people."

c. "You know something, Scout? I've got it all figured out, now. I've thought about it a lot lately and I've got it figured out. There's four kinds of folks in the world. There's the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, there's the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the dump, and the Negroes."

Chapter 24

2024 - 2025

a. Scout joins Aunt Alexander in her tea party with other women from town. Some of the women talk about their views on "coloured" people.
b. Atticus come home not looking good. He'd been informed Tom Robinson is dead.

a. "Sin and squalor-what was that, Gertrude?" Mrs. Merriweather turned on her chimes for the lady sitting beside her. "Oh that. Well, I always say forgive and forget, forgive and forget. Thing that church ought to do is help her lead a Christian life for those children from here on out. Some of the men ought to go out there and tell that preacher to encourage her."
"Excuse me, Mrs. Merriweather," I interrupted, "are you all talking about Mayella Ewell?"
"May-? No, child. That darky's wife. Tom's wife, Tom-"
"Robinson, ma'am."

b. "They shot him," said Atticus. "He was running. It was during their exercise period. They said he just broke into a blind raving charge at the fence and started climbing over. Right in front of them—“
"Didn't they try to stop him? Didn't they give him any warning?" Aunt Alexandra's voice shook.
"Oh yes, the guards called to him to stop. They fired a few shots in the air, then to kill. They got him just as he went over the fence. They said if he'd had two good arms he'd have made it, he was moving that fast. Seventeen bullet holes in him. They didn't have to shoot him that much. Cal, I want you to come out with me and help me tell Helen."

Chapter 25

2025 - 2026

a. Dill has left to go back to school in Meridian. Scout dwells over the story he told her about shouting at the Ewell's place
b. Tom Robinson's death is the hot topic in Maycomb for a few days
c. Miss Stephanie tells Aunt Alexandra and Jem what she heard Bob Ewell say when he heard about Tom's death

a. When they drove back by the dump, some of the Ewells hollered at them, but Dill didn't catch what they said.

b. Maycomb was interested by the news of Tom's death for perhaps two days; two days was enough for the information to spread through the county. "Did you hear about? . . . No? Well, they say he was runnin' fit to beat lightnin' . . ." To Maycomb, Tom's death was typical. Typical of' a nigger to cut and run. Typical of a nigger's mentality to have no plan, no thought for the future, just run blind first chance he saw.

c. Miss Stephanie told Aunt Alexandra in Jem's presence ("Oh foot, he's old enough to listen,") that Mr. Ewell said it made one down and about two more to go.

Chapter 26

2026 - 2027

a. School starts for Scout, third grade, and Jem, seventh grade

a. School started, and so did our daily trips past the Radley
Place. Jem was in the seventh grade and went to high school, beyond the grammar-schooI building; I was now in the third grade, and our routines were so different I only walked to school with Jem. in the mornings and saw him at mealtimes.

Chapter 27

2027 - 2028

a. Mr Ewell gets a job but gets fired. He blames Atticus for his unemployment
b. Mr Deas offers Helen, Tom's wife, a job at his farm.
c. She is harassed by the Ewell every day she passes their house.

a. The first thing was that Mr. Bob Ewell acquired and lost a job in a matter of days and probably made himself unique in the annals of the nineteen-thirties: he was the only man I ever heard of who was fired from the WPA for laziness.

b. Mr. Link Deas made a job for Helen. He didn’t really need her, but he said he felt right bad about the way things turned out.

c. Calpurnia said it was hard on Helen, because she had to walk nearly a mile out of her way to avoid the Ewells, who, according to Helen, “chunked at her” the first time she tried to use the public road.

Chapter 28

2028 - 2029

a. On the way home from a school play, Jem and Scout are attacked by an unknown man
b. They are saved by another man who carries Jem home while Scout follows
c. Heck Tate arrives to announce Bob Ewell's death

a. Something crushed the chicken wire around me. Metal ripped on metal and I fell to the
ground and rolled as far as I could, floundering to escape my wire prison. From
somewhere near by came scuffling, kicking sounds, sounds of shoes and flesh scraping
dirt and roots.

b. The man was walking with the staccato steps
of someone carrying a load too heavy for him. He was going around the corner. He was carrying Jem. Jem’s arm was dangling crazily in front of him.
By the time I reached the corner the man was crossing our front yard. Light from our front door framed Atticus for an instant; he ran down the steps, and together, he and the
man took Jem inside.

c. Mr. Tate found his neck and rubbed it. “Bob Ewell’s lyin‘ on the ground under that tree
down yonder with a kitchen knife stuck up under his ribs. He’s dead, Mr. Finch.”

Chapter 29

2029 - 2030

a. Scout explains to Tate and Atticus what had happened.
b. She finds out their savior was Boo Radley

a. “Well, after Jem yelled we walked on. Mr. Tate, I was shut up in my costume but I could hear it myself, then. Footsteps, I mean. They walked when we walked and stopped when we stopped. Jem said he could see me because Mrs. Crenshaw put some kind of shiny paint on my costume. I was a ham.”

b. His lips parted into a timid smile, and our neighbor’s image
blurred with my sudden tears.
“Hey, Boo,” I said.

Chapter 30

2030 - 2031

a. Scout plays hostess to Boo
b. Atticus and Tate discuss what to say to the town about what happened.

a. I led him through the hall and past the livingroom.
“Won’t you have a seat, Mr. Arthur? This rocking-chair’s nice and comfortable.”

b. “Mr. Finch,” Mr. Tate said stolidly, “Bob Ewell fell on his knife. He killed himself.”

Chapter 31

2031 - 2032

a. Scout takes Boo home arm-in-arm
b. The next day, Scout sees everything about the town differently

a. “Will you take me home?”
He almost whispered it, in the voice of a child afraid of the dark.
I put my foot on the top step and stopped. I would lead him through our house, but I
would never lead him home.
“Mr. Arthur, bend your arm down here, like that. That’s right, sir.”
I slipped my hand into the crook of his arm.

b. Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.