Next, Lee provides an overview of Finch family history. Chapter 17 Analysis Bob Ewell is defensive and Sneaky in Chapter 17. She is the oldest of eight children, has no mother, and seems not to interact with any people outside her family. Then Scout asks Jem how he knows that they didn't come from 'negroes', but Jem says that Uncle Jack Finch said they didn't. Dill tells Scout he is upset by what he has seen, especially by how Mr. Gently, Atticus gets her to admit that her father drinks, though she defensively claims that he has never beaten her.
Scout tells Miss Caroline that Walter is a Cunningham, and thinks that explanation should be enough. Scout wonders what Mayella's life is like, if she is unused to being addressed with respect. The first half of the day ends, and on her way out of the classroom, Scout sees Miss Caroline bury her head in her arms as the children leave the room. The geraniums seemed to be well tended, and it was rumored that they belonged to Mayella. Unexpectedly, Mayella hugs him and then kissed him, saying she'd never been kissed by a man before. If Mayella was really about to get raped, then it would be an easy situation for her to run away from.
When she takes the stand and gives her testimony, the reader has no choice but feel sympathy for her, even though she is most certainly lying. Heck Tate, the sheriff, was testifying and Scout saw some people who looked like they were from the Ewell family. Thus, the original town families tended to intermarry a great deal, until most people looked fairly similar in the town. Their search through the darkness, the many gates, the vegetables in the yard, and then Dill's glance through the dark window with curtains through which there is one small light are somewhat symbolic of the children's search through layers of ignorance and rumor to find the truth underneath it all. There is only one nice section of the yard, an area where Mayella has a well-cared for patch of geraniums. It would make it hard for Tom to fight her because he only has one good arm.
In the corner of the yard there are some geraniums planted in slop jars by Mayella, which appear to be the most cared for living things on the property. After giving a very legal definition of rape that clears up nothing for Scout, Atticus asks why Scout doesn't ask Calpurnia. In Chapter 2, the description of Scout's first day allows Lee to provide a context for the events to follow by introducing some of the people and families of Maycomb County. Gilmer gets up and cross-examines Tom. Ewell claims that he heard Mayella screaming when he was coming in from the woods with kindling, and that he ran to the house to find Tom Robinson having sexual intercourse with her.
Then, he tells the real story of how he stole money from his mother's purse, and walked and hitched his way from the train station to the Finch house. The Finch family is all white, but Jem considers that during Biblical times, it is possible some of their ancestors came from Africa. Boo was eventually brought back to the Radley home. Ewell said that he got in his car and drove with Bob Ewell back to his house. Mayella takes the stand next. He said he then went to get Heck Tate and brought him back to their home.
Atticus gets him to clarify that it was the left from his perspective, which means it was the girl's own right. Gilmer was done questioning Mr. Ewell come back to the Witness stand and Atticus said that he had a few questions for Mr. When Atticus cross-examines her, he asks why she didn't scream so that any of her seven siblings might come to help; he also asks how Tom managed to beat her. Adding to Scout's summer despair, Atticus is often absent from home because he is part of the state legislature, which has been called into session. He has been unhappy with his life and the lack of attention his parents have been giving him, so he took himself on the train to Maycomb. Mayella seems reluctant, and after answering only a few questions, she bursts into tears.
Link Deas, Tom's employer, even stands up to defend Tom during the trial, saying that he is a hard-working and good man. . Ewell is pleased with the effect he has had on his audience, but Judge Taylor is not. Dill says he wants Boo to come out and sit with them for a while, as it might make the man feel better. Why didn't they come running? Tate when it had happened and for him to describe her injuries. Afterward, Jem, Scout, and Dill wait for most of the crowd to enter the courthouse so that they can slip in at the back and thus prevent Atticus from noticing them.
If he did not know, then he could have put himself in considerable danger. The two characters are foils in Scout's life because they represent the two parts of her. Atticus never shows disapproval of either Mr. Ewell or Mayella, and is kind and courteous, despite insults he receives. Atticus asks if this was the first time Tom Robinson has been invited into her house, and she jumps a little before she says that it was the first time. Seeing the implication in the fact that Mayella's injuries were on the right side of her face and Bob Ewell's dominant hand was his left, Ewell went on a tirade about how Atticus was a tricking lawyer who was taking advantage of him. The reader has the advantage of a storyteller who can look back at a situation and see herself exactly as she was.
She seems to believe that behaviors and character traits are hereditary, passed on from one generation to the next - one family might have a Gambling Streak, or a Mean Streak, or a Funny Streak. Scout wonders out loud why Mr. By Scout asking Jem how he knows that they didn't come from 'colored' people it shows her supporting equality. I believe that Aunt Alexandra represents control and organization in the Finch's life. Ewell was wary of Atticus' questions and was reluctant to cooperate, but Atticus lured him into a sense of security with a line of questioning about Mayella's injuries.
Miss Maudie is the most unbiased and supportive of these three women, though Calpurnia becomes much more sympathetic as time goes by. Tate took Tom to jail. How then, is Dolphus Raymond allowed to live and procreate with black women? Dill's story about his experiences with his parents show Scout how much she has to be grateful for. Something sho' happened, it was obvious. Scout remembers how Maycomb was founded around an old tavern run by a man named Sinkfield. When she says yes, he responds by simply asking, 'How? Terrified, Scout runs back home, but leaves the tire behind.