To Kill a Mockingbird
By lors1930, Updated
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"I said come here, nigger, and bust up this chiffarobe for me, I gotta nickel for you. He coulda done it easy enough, he could. So he come in the year an' I went in the house to get him the nickel and I turned around an 'fore I knew it he was on me. Just run up behind me, he did, He got me round the neck, cussin' me an' sayin' dirt-I fought'n' hollered, but he had me round the neck. He hit me agin an' agin-" (205)
"Now," said Atticus, "Miss Mayella, you've testified that the defendant choked and beat you-you didn't say that sneaked up behind you and knocked you cold, but you turned around and there he was-" Atticus was back behind his table. and he emphasized his words by tapping his knuckles on it" (212)
"Why did you go inside the fence lots of time?" Tom Robinson's forehead relaxed. "She'd call me in, suh. Seemed like ever time i passed by yonder she'd have some little somethin' for me to do-chopping' kindlin', totin'water for her. She watered them red flowers every day-" (218)
"Mr. Finch," he said, "I was goin' home as usual that evenin' an' when I passed the Ewell place Miss Mayella were on the porch, like she said she were. It seemed real quiet like, an, I didn't quite know why. I was studyin' why, just passin' by, when she says for me to come there and help her a minute. Well, I went inside the fence an' looked around for some kidlin' to work on, but i didn't see none. (219)
"The state has not produced one iota of medical evidence to the effect that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took place. It has relied instead upon the testimony of two witnesses whose evidence has not only been called into serious question on cross examination, but has been flatly contradicted by the defendant. The defendant is not guilty, but somebody in this courtroom is" (231).
"I shut my eyes. Judge Taylor was polling the jury: "Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty..." (240).
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