Chapter 17- TKAM

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  •     The first witness on the stand was Heck Tate, dressed in a suit and tie. He stated that he found Bob Ewell yelling that Tom had raped Mayella and had rushed to see Mayella lying on the floor, beaten up mainly on the right side of her face, which was the attacker's left side. He also explains that they did not call for a doctor, which is strange. He believed that the injuries were obvious, so a doctor was not necessary.
  • “'Found her lying on the floor in the middle of the front room, one on the right as you go in. She was pretty well beat up, but I heaved her to her feet and she washed her face in a bucket in the corner and said she was all right. I asked her who hurt her and she said it was Tom Robinson—'"(Lee 169).
  •     The second witness on the stand was Robert E. Lee Ewell, or Bob Ewell. He started off on the wrong foot by using inappropriate and informal language to tell his statement. The crowd often had to be calmed down by Judge Taylor with his gavel.
  • Please, just get to the point.
  • I heard her a-hollerin' so loud that she could'a woken up Jesus!
  •     Then, Judge Taylor addressed the crowd when he was requested that he should have the court cleared of all women and children. He stated, "'There has been a request ...that this courtroom be cleared of spectators, or at least of women and children, a request that will be denied for the time being. People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for, and they have the right to subject their children to it, but I can assure you of one thing: you will receive what you see and hear in silence or you will leave this courtroom, but you won’t leave it until the whole boiling of you come before me on contempt charges.'" (Lee 176). In other words, this is the court that is supposed to be fair and unprejudiced, and all the evidence presented is fair. Those women and children can be their own judges.
  •     Ewell continued to explain his perspective on what happened on the night of November 21. He claimed that he saw Robinson raping Mayella through the window and rushed inside the messy house. When he rushed inside, Robinson ran away and left Mayella bruised and beaten up. Ewell didn't bother calling for a doctor because he couldn't afford one. Instead, he called for Heck Tate.
  •     Atticus, after asking Ewell why he did not ask for a doctor, asked another question regarding his literacy. At first, it seemed unrelated to the trial, but Ewell was then asked to demonstrate it by writing his name. Ewell wrote his name with his left hand, which meant that he was left-handed. He was also not ambidextrous, meaning that he was a suspect in Mayella's assault.
  • "'You’re left-handed, Mr. Ewell,'"  (Lee 180).
  • Objection! That's not fair!
  • You are an evil man! I am a pure Christian! You can't prove anything! This man-
  • As you can see, he clearly is left-handed. And the attacker was most likely left-handed. This is no coincidence.
  •     Jem, Scout, Dill, and Reverend Sykes were at the balcony, watching the trial take place. Jem was smiling due to the evidence that Tom could have been innocent. He was certain that Tom was innocent, but Scout was still unsure and "thought Jem was counting his chickens" (Lee 180).
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