To Kill a Mockingbird

In Chapter Three, Atticus gave Scout advice about how to understand a person. In this Chapter (Chapter 23), he used similar advice to explain to Jem why he wasn't going to "do something about" Bob Ewell's threatening behavior. Explain.

Chapter 23

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Atticus tells his worried children that Mr. Ewell, who has been publicly discredited by the trial, just needs to feel like he is retaliating against someone, and better it be Atticus than the Ewell children.