Tom's Testimony

Tom's Testimony

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  • Tom's Testimony: Mr. Gilmer
  • The Aftermath 
  • "Scout, Dill needs your help"
  • Mr. Dolphus Raymond
  • " just makes you sick, doesn't it"
  • Mr. Gilmer, begins to cross-examine Tom Robinson. He speaks to Mr. Robinson showing no respect. He addresses Tom inappropriately, calling him "boy" and "big buck", as he tries to tell what had happened. Just for being black, the judge assumes that all being stated is false. The judge does not give Tom a chance, unlike the cross examinations of Mayella and others. He take's away his credibility. 
  • Dill begins to cry as the cross-examination becomes rougher; less respect is given to Tom from Mr. Gilmer. Jem signals Scout to leave the court room with Dill to stop further disruption. They do so, but run into Mr. Link Deas on the way out; he assumes that Dill is sick. Scout covers up for Dill and they continue down the steps, eventually reaching the oak tree outside. 
  • Scout begins to comfort Dill by simplifying the situation. She states that it's Mr. Gilmer's job to act in such a way, but Dill doesn't seem to understand. Dill brings up the fact that Mr. Gilmer was harsher to Tom than anyone ever before, introducing the idea of a prejudice court system. Out of nowhere, Mr. Dolphus Raymond responds to Dill's claims by supporting his following argument, that the court system was unfair. 
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