To Kill a Mockingbird

What is significance to Tom Robinson admitting that he felt sorry for Mayella? How does Mr. Gilmer further emphasize Tom's error?

Chapter 19

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Black men were not supposed to be feeling sorry for white women, even if she was a Ewell. Mr. Gilmer emphasizes this by stressing the words "you" and "her" to illustrate his audacity to think he was above a white girl.