To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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How It All Goes Down
The place: Maycomb, Alabama, finalist for Most Boring Town in America. Few people move in, fewer move out, so it's just the same families doing the same things for generation after generation. Like the Finches: Scout, her brother Jem, and their father Atticus. Every summer Scout and Jem are joined by Dill Harris, who shares their obsession with the local haunted house, the Radley Place, and the boogeyman who lives there, Boo ...view middle of the document...
Oh, and meanwhile Aunt Alexandra has shown up to teach the kids some family pride and, in Scout's case, ladylike behavior. Good luck.
Finally, it's the day of Tom Robinson's trial. The kids sneak over to see, and it's pretty apparent (to us, at least) that the white woman, Mayella Ewell, is lying. Great! Truth and Atticus's lawyering skills win the day, right? Not so much. Tom is convicted, and some of the white folks aren't too happy about Atticus basically accusing the girl and her dad of lying. Then, a few weeks later, Tom is dead, shot while trying to escape prison.
As if things aren't bad enough, Jem and Scout hear rumors that the girl's dad has been indirectly threatening their dad. One dark night, they're on their way back home from the school's Halloween pageant when they hear someone following them. Suddenly they're attacked, though Scout can't see much because of her costume. When things calm down, one man is on the ground, and another carries the injured and unconscious Jem back to the Finch house, while Scout follows.
When all the excitement dies down, it turns out that Mr. Ewell (the girl's dad) is dead, Jem's arm is...