To Kill a Mockingbird

What prompts Atticus to advise Scout, "You just hold your head high and keep those fists down"?

Chapter 9

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Atticus is prompted to give Scout this advice after her fight with Cecil Jacobs. He knows that defending Tom Robinson is going to cause a stir that at times will affect his children. He wants them to stand proud and avoid the conflict..... to use their heads, not their fists.


To Kill a Mockingbird