why doesn't Atticus fight Bob Ewell when he spits on him?
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Miss Stephanie, the local gossip, excitedly declares that, "this morning Mr. Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post office corner, spat in his face, and told him he'd get him if it took the rest of his life." Atticus refuses to give Bob any validation by providing a reaction. Bob Ewell is a cowardly bully who craves attention. Now that his brief fame in the town has turned back to scorn, he looks to Atticus for reinforcement. Atticus refuses to give it to him. Atticus merely wipes the spit away and walks on.