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To Kill a Mockingbird

by: Harper Lee

Chapters 18–19

1

“Reverend Sykes leaned across me and whispered to Jem. ‘He got it caught in a cotton gin, caught it in Mr. Dolphus Raymond’s cotton gin when he was a boy… like to bled to death… tore all the muscles loose from his bones—’”

2

“Until my father explained it to me later, I did not understand the subtlety of Tom’s predicament: he would not have dared strike a white woman under any circumstances and expect to live long, so he took the first opportunity to run—a sure sign of guilt.”

3
“‘Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ’em—’
You felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for her?’ Mr. Gilmer seemed ready to rise to the ceiling.”