In the Maycomb County courtroom during the trial between Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell.
Heck Tate's testimony
I was fetched by Mr. Bob Ewell on the night of November twenty-first. Mr. Ewell was very exited, said get to his house quick, some nigger'd raped his girl.
...in your own words, Mr.Tate
I got in the car and went out as fast as I could. Found her lying on the floor.She was pretty well beat up. I heaved her to her feet and she washed up. Asked her who hurt her. She said it was Tom Robinson. Asked her if he beat her like that, she said yes he did. I went down and brought him back. She said he was the one, so I took him in.
Did anybody call a doctor?
Atticus is now questioning Heck Tate
Describe her injuries Heck.
No sir, wasn't necessary. She was mighty banged up. Something sho' happened, it was obvious.
She was beaten around the head. There was already bruises comin' on her arms. She had a black eye comin'.
Let's see, um, her left. No, she was facing me, it would be her right. Her right eye. She showed me her neck, there were finger marks around her whole throat.
Atticus sat down. Heck Tate left the witness stand.
Bob Ewell's testimony
I was comin' in from the woods, with a load o'kindlin'. Just as I got to the fence I heard Mayella screamin' like a stuck hog. I dropped m'load and run as fast as I could. I run to th' window. I seen that nigger ruttin' on my Mayella.
Well if I ain't, I can't do nothing about it now, her ma's dead.
Mr. Ewell, would you tell us in your own words, what happened on the evening of November twenty-first.
Are you the father of Mayella Ewell?
I run in the house, but he run out the front door. I saw who he was. I was too distracted 'bout Mayella to run after'im. She was lyin' on the floor squallin'. I run for Tate quick as I could.