To Kill a Mockingbird

Compare Scout and Jem's opinions of the length of the jury deliberations.

Chapter 21

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Scout is actually more intuitive about the proceedings than Jem,

"The feeling grew until the atmosphere in the courtroom was exactly the same as a cold February morning, when the mockingbirds were still, and the carpenters had stopped hammering on Miss Maudie's new house, and every wood door in the neighborhood was shut as tight as the doors of the Radley Place."

While Jem is hopeful, Scout senses something foreboding in the air. Scout doesn't underestimate the power of bigotry and ignorance.