While Atticus is assigned to be Robinson’s public defender by a judge, he earns the townspeople’s ire in his determination to Indoors, when Miss Maudie wanted to say something lengthy she spread her fingers on her knees and settled her bridgework. “I simply want to tell you that there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. “Well.” “Don’t you oh well me, sir,” Miss Maudie replied, recognizing Jem’s fatalistic noises, “you are not old enough to appreciate what I said.” In Maycomb County, Atticus was known as a man who was “the same in his house as he is on the public streets.” That was the standard he lived by.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus understood that people could only be held responsible for what they knew, that not everyone had an ideal upbringing, that folks were doing they best they could in the circumstances in which they found themselves.
Atticus strove above all to see the good in folks and to figure out why they did the things they did.
When Scout complained about her teacher embarrassing a poor student, Atticus got her to see that the teacher was new in town and couldn’t be expected to know the background of all the children in her class right away.
When a poor man that Atticus had helped with legal problems showed up in the mob to hurt him and lynch Tom, Atticus defended him, explaining that he was a really good man who simply had some blind spots and got caught up in the mob mentality.
Vocabulary All page numbers refer to the Warner Books Edition: December, 1982. Jem's fears of never being able to play football were assuaged...(p.
7)." "All we had was Simon Finch, a fur-trading apothecary from Cornwall whose piety was exceeded only by his stinginess (p.
8)." Simon would have regarded with impotent fury the disturbance between the North and the South...(p. 9)." "Atticus's office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama (p.
9)." "The Haverfords..impudent enough to do it in the presence of three witnesses...(p. 10)." "But by the end of August our repertoire was vapid from countless reproductions...(p. 16)." "..waiting to see if his foray was successful (p. Allusions All page numbers refer to the Warner Books Edition: December, 1982.
13)." "Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom (p.
13)." "The Radleys, welcome anywhere in town, kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in Maycomb(p. 14)." "..enormous and confusing tribe domiciled in the northern part of the county...(p.