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Atticus seems to have a strong understanding of human character and typically does not respond with any fear of any threat of reprisal. He understands that having made Ewell look like a fool in front of everyone would cause Ewell to desire revenge. However, Ewell is the kind of man who does not care against whom he gets his revenge. Atticus knows that once the desire for revenge is satiated, Ewell will look for him no more. Atticus is a very calm character and acts in a very calm, rational way.