I also wanted to slap (okay...I wanted to shoot) Bob Ewell.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing." Scout, after her first day of school.
"First of all,"he said,"if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. 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 Finch
"The remainder of my schooldays were no more auspicious than the first. Indeed, they were an endless Project that slowly evolved into a Unit, in which miles of construction paper and wax crayon were expended by the State of Alabama in its well-meaning but fruitless efforts to teach me Group Dynamics."
"Jack! When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness' sake. But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em."
"Atticus was feeble: he was nearly fifty."
"I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."That was the only time I ever hear Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. "Your father's right," she said. "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
"It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do." Atticus Finch to Jem, after Mrs. Dubose died.
"Somewhere, I had received the impression that Fine Folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they had."
"I know what he was trying to do, but Atticus was only a man. It takes a woman to do that kind of work."
"I felt the starched walls of a pink cotton penitentiary closing in on me, and for the second time in my life I thought of running away. Immediately."
"So it took an eight-year old child to bring 'em to their senses, didn't it?" said Atticus. "That proves something--that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they're still human. Hmp, maybe we need a police force of children." Atticus to Jem.
"He's the same in the courtroom as he is on the public streets." Scout to Dill, about Atticus.
I looked around. They were standing. All around us and in the balcony on the opposite wall, the Negroes were getting to their feet. Reverend Sykes's voice was as distant as Judge Taylor's.
"Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'."
"As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it-whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash."-Atticus
"If there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along with each other? If they're all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time.it's because he wants to stay inside."-Jem
Sorry for the terribly long list, but many things struck me true to Southern behavior or heart wrenchingly poignant. Ms. Lee knew her characters, her town, the *way things were* between classes and colors of people. Hmmm...have things changed much?
It's hard to choose a favorite character, isn't it? Atticus for his integrity and example, Miss Maudie for speaking frankly, Dill for his fragile, but brave fantasies, Jem for working his way through growing up to be a man like his father, Scout for her innocence and precociousness, Boo Radley for being a watchful friend. They all meld together to form an unforgettable milieu. I liked them all (except for those no account Ewells of course), but hands down I enjoyed Scout the most.
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