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the Chief Witness for the State
Atticus has pity for Mayella Ewell. Although she is the accuser of an innocent man (Tom Robinson), she herself is a victim. Mayella is a victim of circumstance and, in particular, a victim of her father Bob. Mayella is abused and probably in the worst way (if one does the math about all the small kids of Ewell it becomes apparent, Yuck!).