Miss Maudie points out that, while the verdict was unfortunate, some positive change came from it, too. What good came as a result of the trial?
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Miss Maudie says that even though she knew Atticus couldn't win, he did manage to keep the jury out in discussion for longer than anyone else could, which is an achievement in and of itself. She says, "we're making a step - it's just a baby step, but it's a step."