To Kill a Mockingbird - Chapter 19 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 19 Summary

Atticus calls Tom Robinson to the stand. Tom will be his only witness. He passed the Ewells every evening after work. Many times, he would help Mayella with her chores. That evening she asked him inside to repair a door, but he discovered the door wasn't broken. Mayella admitted to him that she paid her brothers and sisters to get ice cream. She asks Tom to get a box off a dresser and she grabs him while he stands on a chair. When he jumps off the chair, she grabbed him around the waist and startles him when she tries to kiss him. She struggled with him when her father saw them and called her a whore. Ewell threatened to kill his daughter for the things he saw her doing and he beat her.

Tom's boss, Link Deas speaks out and says that Tom is an honorable...

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