TKAM End of Chapter 25

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  • Jem and Dill had been walking back from the swimming hole trying to hitch a ride when they saw Atticus driving somewhere with Calpurnia. Atticus wanted them to try to get another ride since he wasn't going to go home for a while, but the boys convinced him to let them come.
  • “Go on with your game, boys,”
  • Tom's death is the hot topic in Maycomb gossip for a few days, mostly as a way to reinforce pre-existing stereotypes as to the foolishness of black people. People thought his death was typical because he was a black man trying to run away.
  • “Did you hear about?... No? Well, they say he was runnin‘ fit to beat lightnin’...”
  • “Scout, she just fell down in the dirt. Just fell down in the dirt, like a giant with a big foot just came along and stepped on her. Just ump—” “Like you’d step on an ant.”
  • Dill said Calpurnia and Atticus lifted Helen to her feet and half carried, half walked her to the cabin. They stayed inside a long time, and Atticus came out alone.
  • When they drove back by the dump, some of the Ewells hollered at them, but Dill didn’t catch what they said.
  • *hollering*
  • Tom's death is the hot topic in Maycomb gossip for a few days to reinforce pre-existing stereotypes as to the foolishness of blacks. The story seems well on its way to dying a quick death until Mr. Underwood comes out with a story about it in The Maycomb Tribune. Since it's the only paper in town, he can say whatever he wanted and not lose subscribers or advertising.
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