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Atticus is quite respectful to Mayella. He knows Mayella is as much a victim as an antagonist. Mayella can't understand the respect which Atticus offers her, she has never been treated that way. Atticus does not seek to humiliate her any more than she already has been. If Atticus can get Mayella to respect herself long enough to see the truth, Atticus thought he might have a chance with this jury.