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To Kill A Mockingbird - Chapters 18-19 Mayella testifies next a reasonably clean nineteen-year- old girl who is obviously terrified She says that she called Tom Robinson inside the fence that evening and offered him a nickel to break up a dresser for her and that once he got inside the house he grabbed her and took advantage of her In Atticus cross-examination Mayella reveals that she has seven siblings to care for a drunken father and no friends Then Atticus examines her testimony and asks why she didnt put up a better fight why her screams didnt bring the other children running and--most importantly--how Tom Robinson managed the crime with a useless left hand torn apart by a cotton gin when he was a boy Atticus begs her to admit that there was no rape that her father beat her She shouts at him and calls the courtroom cowards if they dont convict Tom Robinson and then bursts into tears refusing to answer any more questions In the recess that follows Mr Underwood notices the children up in the balcony but Jem tells Scout that the newspaper editor wont tell Atticus-- although he might include it in the social section of the newspaper The prosecution rests and Atticus calls only one witness--Tom Robinson 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 she asked him to come inside the house and fix a door When he got inside however there was nothing wrong with the door and he noticed that the other children were gone Mayella told him that she had saved her money and sent them all to buy ice cream and then she asked him to lift a box down from a dresser When he climbed up on a chair she grabbed his legs scaring him so much that he jumped
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