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1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Chapters 18 - 24

1. What does Mayella think of Atticus?

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When Atticus begins questioning Mayella, he does so in a quiet, gentle, almost condescending manner. Once he gets her to let her guard down, his questioning becomes direct and accusatory. Because of this, Mayella gets defensive, she's afraid of his questions and afraid of what they will have on the people of the town. Before refusing to answer anymore questions sheangrily tells him, "...if you fine fancy gentlemen don't wanta do nothin' about it then you're all yellow stinkin' cowards, stinkin' cowards, the lot of you. You're fancy airs don't come to nothin'--your ma'amin' and Miss Mayellerin' don't come to nothin', Mr. Finch."

Mayella sees Atticus as just another uppity guy picking on the poor folk.


To Kill a Mockingbird