I thought he’d burst his shirt at Atticus’s next question: ‘Mr Ewell, can you read and write? Overruled.’ Mr Gilmer seemed as curious as the rest of us as to what bearing the state of Mr Ewell’s education had on the case. Never, never, never, on cross-examination ask a witness a question you don’t already know the answer to, was a tenet I absorbed with my baby-food.
Do it, and you’ll often get an answer you don’t want, an answer that might wreck your case.
He shook the pen a little, then handed it with the envelope to the witness. The jury was watching him, one man was leaning forward with his hands over the railing.
Part (a) In this passage, what methods does Lee use to present the characters and events in this part of the trial? and then Part (b) In the rest of the novel, how does Lee use the trial of Tom Robinson to some of the attitudes of Maycomb society?
Secretly, Miss Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never, understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live.’ I had a feeling that I shouldn’t be here listening to this sinful man who had mixed children and didn’t care who knew it, but he was fascinating.
I had never encountered a being who deliberately perpetrated fraud against himself.
Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire.
I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants.
Atticus was reaching into the middle pocket of his coat.
He drew out an envelope, then reached into his vest pocket and unclipped his fountain-pen.