To Kill a Mockingbird – Trial Quotes

“It was her right eye Mr. Finch” The sheriff testifys that Mayella was beat on her right side, something that would be hard for a right handed person to do.
“…didn’t you think she should have had a doctor immediately?” Atticus preys on the fact that Mayella was not seen to by a professional to confirm she had been sexually assaulted and questions why a doctor was not called if she was, in-fact, raped.
His left arm was fully twelve inches shorter than his right, and hung dead at his side. It ended in a small shriveled hand, and from as far away as the balcony I could see that it was no use to him. – We learnt the person who beat and possibly raped Mayella was most likely left handed. However, Tom has a defect left hand making the chances of him committing the crime very low.
“…if you fine fancy gentlemen don’t wanta do nothin’ about it then you’re all yellow stinkin’ cowards…” Mayella says this after Atticus hits too close to home with his statements. She refuses to speak ans answer anymore questions, simply blaming Tom Robinson for the crime and leaving the witness stand.
“Mr Finch, if you were a ______ like me, you’ d be scared too.” Tom gives reason to why he fled the scene when he seen Bob Ewell coming and why he did not and would not lay a hand on Mayella Ewell.
“She says she never kissed a grown man before an’ she might as well kiss a ________…She says what her papa do to her don’t count.” This quote from Tom heavily implies that Mayella has been sexually abused by her father and that she made advances on him and not the other way around.
“Look at all these folks, it’s like a Roman Carnival” Quote from Miss Maudie that describes the highly charged atmosphere in Maycomb before the trial. It is not somber or tense as one would expect but rather quite the opposite. The trial is a day out and spectacle for the usual tired old town of Maycomb. It has woken up to see its usual disease in action.
“Judge Taylor was on the bench, looking like a sleepy, old shark.” While the civilians are hyper active the judge and jury are bored and sleepy as if they know the case is a lost cause and is not wroth fighting for.

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