The Question and Answer section for To Kill a Mockingbird is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
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The kitchen table was loaded with enough food to bury the family: hunks of salt pork, tomatoes, beans, even scuppernongs. Atticus grinned when he found a jar of pickled pigs’ knuckles. “Reckon Aunty’ll let me eat these
He says the mob of men were simply ignorant. Atticus says it took the simplicity and honesty of a child to appeal to the humanity within them. He thinks that children have a way of diffusing tension and a way of seeing the world without prejudice...