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  • Chapter 19
  • Judge Taylor
  • what happened to oyu on the evening ofNovember 21st last year
  • I was goin' home as usual an' when i passed the Ewell place Miss Mayella asked me to come inside and help her a minute
  • I understand you Tom go on
  • Judge Taylor
  • So i done what she told me,an,I was just reachin, when the next thing i know is, she grabbed me round the legs, She sacred me so bad i hopped down and turned th chair over
  • What did he say, Tom you must tell the jury what he said
  • Judge Taylor
  • Then  Mr Ewell yonder hollered through th' window, You god damn whore,I'll kill ya
  • Shut your mouth, sir!, get out of this room sir, you here me!
  • Tom testifies that he always passed the Ewell house on the way to work and that Mayella often asked him to do chores for her. On the evening in question, he recounts, she asked him to come inside the house and fix a door.
  • When he got inside, there was nothing wrong with the door, and he noticed that the other children were gone. Mayella told him she had saved her money and sent them all to buy ice cream. Then she asked him to lift a box down from a dresser. When Tom climbed on a chair, she grabbed his legs, scaring him so much that he jumped down. She then hugged him around the waist and asked him to kiss her.
  • Yes suh, i felt sorry for her, she seemed to try more'n the rest of em
  • I don't care one speck, it ain't right, somehow it ain't right to do' em that way
  • As she struggled, her father appeared at the window, calling Mayella a whore and threatening to kill her. Tom fled.
  • That's just Mr Gimer way Dill, he does em all t hat way
  • You aren't thin hided, bit just makes you sick dosen't it
  • I just want the whole lot of you to know one thing right now that boy's worked for me eight years an I Aint had a speck o trouble outa him not a speck
  • Link Deas, Tom’s white employer, stands up and declares that in eight years of work, he has never had any trouble from Tom. Judge Taylor furiously expels Deas from the courtroom for interrupting
  • Mr. Gilmer gets up and cross-examines Tom. The prosecutor points out that the defendant was once arrested for disorderly conduct and gets Tom to admit that he has the strength, even with one hand, to choke the breath out of a woman and sling her to the floor. He begins to badger the witness, asking about his motives for always helping Mayella with her chores, until Tom declares that he felt sorry for her. This statement puts the courtroom ill at ease Mr. Gilmer reviews Mayella’ testimony and accusesTom of lying
  • your'e a mighty good fellow it seems did all this choppin not for ne penny
  • Dill begins to cry, and Scout takes him out of the courtroom. Outside the courtroom, Dill complains to Scout about Mr. Gilmer’s rude treatment of Tom Robinson during the questioning. As they walk, Scout and Dill encounter Mr. Dolphus Raymond, the rich white man with the colored mistress and mulatto children.
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