To Kill a Mockingbird

to kill a mocking bird

why are the ewells allowed special privileges


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Basically the town takes pity on them. The kids barely have anything to eat and nobody in their right mind would hire Bob. Scout kind of sums things up:

“He’s one of the Ewells, ma’am,” and I wondered if this explanation would be as unsuccessful as my attempt. But Miss Caroline seemed willing to listen. “Whole school’s full of ‘em. They come first day every year and then leave. The truant lady gets ’em here ‘cause she threatens ’em with the sheriff, but she’s give up tryin‘ to hold ’em. She reckons she’s carried out the law just gettin‘ their names on the roll and runnin’ ‘em here the first day. You’re supposed to mark ’em absent the rest of the year…”