March 6 2017

“I’ll tell him you said hey, little lady.”

Tonight please read chapters 15 and 16 of To Kill a Mockingbird.   Then write your response.  Please consider the following questions:

  • What passage or passages strike you as interesting or singular and why?
  • What questions do you want to discuss with the class tomorrow?
  • Why do you think these questions may generate interesting discussion?

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Posted March 6, 2017 by equinson in category To Kill a Mockingbird

34 thoughts on ““I’ll tell him you said hey, little lady.”

  1. Toa Neil

    In chapter 15 the main trial will soon begin and everyone important will shown up, at least in Scout’s head. On pages 202-207 they see Mr. Cunningham and scout kicks him. At the beginning of chapter 16 Aunt Alexandria lectures Atticus about talking about issues in front of Calpernia to which Atticus respond by saying “Anything fit to say at the table’s fit to say in front of Calpernia. She knows what she means to this family.” What could he mean?

  2. caias1

    Something that struck me about the chapters tonight was how much Atticus really cared about Tom Robinson. When the group of men came for Tom, Atticus refused to move out of the way for them. Despite the fact that there were four cars full of men, Atticus would not abandon Tom

  3. caias1

    Something that struck me about the chapters tonight was how much Atticus really cared about Tom Robinson. When the group of men came for Tom, Atticus refused to move out of the way for them. Despite the fact that there were four cars full of men, Atticus would not abandon Tom to be lynched. Another thing I noticed is Scout’s unwavering loyalty. When the group of men went after Jem, Scout- who is only eight years old- kicked the man in a very painful spot. Even just jumping into the middle of the group to be with Atticus was brave of her.

  4. charlottes

    Tonight’s reading of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird’ was quite interesting. In the beginning of chapter 16, Atticus stands up to Aunt Alexandra and protect Calpurnia. This just shows even more how Calpurnia is a part of the Finch family household and how everyone loves her. Aunt Alexandra tells Atticus not to speak of issues in front of Calpurnia. Atticus resists, saying that Calpurnia has the right to listen to what goes in this house and in Maycomb. Atticus states, “Anything fit to say at the table’s fit to say in front of Calpurnia. She knows what she means to this family.” (page 209) By Atticus saying this, a lot of people are probably feeling different things. Atticus feels strong because he is standing up to his pushy sister. Aunt Alexandra is mad that someone doesn’t agree with her. And Calpurnia feels loved. Yes, as Atticus said, she does know what she means to the family and she knows they love her. I bet hearing the head of the family say that makes her feel even more loved. Some may say that it’s not right to say something like that against your family, but Atticus has every right to say that. Calpurnia is just as special to the family as Aunt Alexandra is. Calpurnia is a huge help to the family, but all Aunt Alexandra wants to do is change Scout into “a lady.” In my opinion, Calpurnia’s ways are much more motherly and caring that Aunt Alexandra’s ways.

  5. arihantp1

    I was surprised by how Atticus stood up for Tom Robinson. When a mob of angry men crowded around Maycomb County’s jail, and demanded to see Tom, Atticus prevented them from entering. Atticus was dead serious and Mr. Underwood was ready to shoot the mob if they got violent. “Had you covered all the time, Atticus.” (pg. 206). Mr. Underwood was ready to shoot people in Maycomb for Tom’s protection. Both Atticus and Mr. Underwood prevent the angry mob from attacking Tom, which shows there bravery and how they have respect for the colored people in a time where a lot of racial turmoil was going on.

  6. alexo

    Something that has occurred in Chapter 16 that has happened in the past is Aunt Alexandra’s disapproval of having Calpurnia around. She says that whatever you say in her presence sails back to the Quarters and is talked about by everyone, that Negroes always talk about things that happen in town. Atticus, as usual, stood up for Calpurnia and her place in the family. Something I’ve already discussed, but something I want to bring up anyway.

    I was also interested how, as usual, Atticus is very calm and relaxed about the gang that had come to hurt him. I bring this up because I feel like there is a line between respecting others despite their weaknesses and being too kind. I can understand Atticus eventually forgiving them, but showing no anger whatsoever makes me think that he might not be fully showing his true emotions.

    Unrelated to the blog post, but I’d like to make a suggestion: Ms. Quinson, if you continue skyping us in class as you have today, I think that borrowing a pair of school speakers would help a ton. Hearing you today in class was very difficult, and I could only hear you in dead silence.

    1. francescaa

      Yes, it made me feel good to see Atticus stand up for Calpurnia. Time and time again it is proven that Calpurnia is a vital part of the Finch family.

  7. Tyler Newby

    In reading chapters 15 through 16, I noticed how brave Scout was. She saw that Atticus was surrounded by an angry mob and still saved him , even though she was chancing getting in trouble and her own safety. She walked right up to Mister Cunningham and asked him to tell his son “Hey” for her. He agreed, being quite embarrassed, and called off his men. I found this very clever for Scout, who is only about Eight years old. She must have known that he wouldn’t hurt her father in fornt of her.

  8. tarika1

    Something I was struck by is how Atticus deals with the gangs that come to threaten him. He says how they are still people, but it is just the mob mentality that is affecting them to act like that. This is a forgiving way of thought. Those people came to hurt him and he knew that, proven by his fingers trembling. Who knows what they would have done if Scout had not run in there to stop them. Maybe they were going to kill him! After all, he had a guard with a shotgun covering him there. What would he need that for if his life was not in danger.

    1. christophert3

      I agree, he is very calm about the situation. Although, I must say that from the clues given, he seemed like he was ready to fight back. That and Mr.Underwood’s presence was not known to Atticus at the time so it doesn’t really count. But I still agree.

  9. ilyssal

    Concluding tonight’s reading of chapters fifteen and sixteen, I was compelled by the way Atticus cared for Tom Robinson. When a mob of men approached, Atticus made sure Tom was safe and doing alright. He was protective of poor Tom and genuinely tried to support him and stand up for him. Atticus would not allow Tom to be seized and lynched. I was also very impressed with Scout’s bravery in these chapters. She rescued her father, Atticus by calling out. Scout knew that the men would never hurt a man in front of a young girl, especially his very own daughter.

  10. maddy

    On page one hundred and ninety-seven, I was taken aback by Jem confiding in Scout that he was concerned for Atticus’ safety. “Scout… I’m scared… Scared about Atticus. Somebody might hurt him.” This is rather anomalous of Jem, for how greatly his behavior has altered and matured since Part I. Jem had become acquainted to not voicing such thoughts, particularly those pertinent to emotion, as to not appear juvenile. If there was no context to the provided excerpt, it is probable that one may presume it to be voiced by Scout rather than Jem. I find that likewise Pip’s fixation with being a gentleman in “Great Expectations”, Jem is fixated with being a mature adult.

  11. faithw

    While reading chapters 15 and 16 of To Kill a Mockingbird, I was fascinated by Atticus’ reasoning for defending Tom Robinson. “Link, that boy might go to the chair, but he’s not going till the truth’s told. Atticus’s voice was even. And you know what the truth is” (p.195). As displayed in the quotation above, Atticus is well aware that Tom Robinson will lose the trial and be sentenced to death, yet he still decides to represent him. Atticus wanted to defend Tom Robinson in order to reveal the truth to the town of Maycomb. The trial also helped the reader to understand Atticus’ character. By defending Tom, he proved to have a strong moral compass.

  12. francescaa

    One event I found extremely terrifying yet funny at the same time was the way Scout talked to Mr. Cunningham. Mr.Cunningham, along with several other Maycomb men, went to the county jail to riot against Atticus’ choice to defend an African American. Jem, Dill and Scout saw this unfold before their eyes, and Scout, being the girl she is, couldn’t help make make her presence be felt. She ran up to Mr. Cunningham and made a huge stink in front of everyone about the Cunningham finances. What she said was enough to make the men leave. This situation made me think of the way Atticus has raised his kids. He has allowed them to develop their own opinions and voice them. I am sure that Atticus didn’t expect Scout to take this to the extreme, nevertheless, in the end he was pretty proud of her and Jem. Another theme that repeated itself in these chapters was the fact that Atticus sees the good in every person. Aunt Alexandra, Mrs. Dubose and Mr. Cunningham have all insulted Atticus in some way, yet he still sees the good. I admire Atticus for always seeing the bright side of a person and wish that that trait could be instilled in all of us.

  13. briannag3

    During tonight’s reading, the way Atticus stood up and defended Tom Robinson surprised me. He was working on his case trying to defend Tom even though he is certain that he will be sentenced to death. Atticus specifically states that he wants the truth to be told. In this way Atticus wants to speak about what actually happened and when Tom is put to death maybe people will start to acknowledge the racism and prejudice that goes on in the Maycomb community.

  14. sofiad1

    The thing that stuck out to me the most in this chapter was when Scout inadvertently dispersed the group of people who wanted to hurt her father. She did this by trying to have a civilized conversation with Mr.Cunningham, in an attempt to break the ice. This was right after Scout, who is 8, took down a grown man with a single kick. Everyone stood there gaping at her. It was baffling to them. All she had asked was that Mr. Cunningham say hello to Walter for her, and suddenly, all the man had gone home.

  15. margauxc

    Throughout tonight’s assigned pages of Harper Lee’s novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, several aspects of the plot were extremely interesting. The most eye-catching event though, happened to be the exchange of dialogue between Atticus and his children on page two hundred and ten- “A mob’s always made up of people, no matter what. Mr. Cunningham was part of a mob last night, but he was still a man… a gang of of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they’re still human.” Despite the infernal nature of the Cunningham mob in this scene, Atticus demonstrates that he is capable of finding the humanity in others- this achievement of his he intends to teach his children (and possibly, potentially, his children could then learn use this characteristic so that they can find the humanity in “Boo” Radley). The recurring theme of compassion is heavily relied upon during this moment and is used to provide the reader with an understanding of Scout’s innocence that Atticus is trying so hard to preserve. As observed afterwards Atticus shares his wisdom with Scout and Jem, but Scout claims that she’ll never understand folks better when she’s older. Her statement allows the reader to see how, after Atticus’ lecture, Scout seemed to lightly brush off her father’s words, claiming that she’ll never truly, fully comprehend. This mere remark certainly portrays Scout in a light of childhood innocence .

  16. ivanl

    Something I found very interesting was Scout’s interaction with the group of men. Jem doesn’t seem at all fazed by this group of men who are very serious. The atmosphere before Scout’s conversation with Mr.Cunningham is very serious, the men threatening to drag them off. One of the men grabs Jem, and Scout kicks him, not caring for the consequence, perhaps unaware of the gravity of the situation because of her young innocence. Everyone is baffled about this little girl(especially because she is a girl). Scout then spots a Mr.Cunningham, and as if nothing happens, strikes up a conversation with him about his son. Mr.Cunningham agrees to pass on her message and dismissed the men. Why does he do this? This scene confused me quite a bit.

  17. cameronl3

    What I found very interesting from tonight’s reading of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” was how everyone in and out of the county were coming to watch the trial, but one particular person chose not too, and that was amiss Maudie. Even Jem and Scout were looking forward to this event, trying their best to sneak their way in without being seen by Atticus. But Miss Maudie believed it would be a waste of her time, and watching someone in a trial for their life is similar to watching a Roman carnival, which was a huge celebration in Italy that dated back to the Middle Ages. Although it was peculiar of Miss Maudie to do such a thing, especially since she shares the same passion of justice as Atticus does. That is something to think about as I continue reading.

  18. avae1

    What interested me most in tonight’s chapters was the way that Atticus regarded Mr. Cunningham after he intended to provoke him the night before. At breakfast, Atticus told Scout that although Mr.Cunningham had bitter intentions within his group of men, he was still a good person. “‘Mr.Cunningham was part of a mob last night, but he was still a man.'”(p.210) Atticus claims that Mr.Cunningham, as well as all people involved in similar acts have both faults and great qualities within them. This just proves the fact that Atticus truly sees value in every human being. He also mentioned once again that one cannot judge someone without walking in their shoes, and it was because of Scout that Walter walked in Atticus’ shoes. “‘You children last night made Walter Cunningham stand in my shoes for a minute. That was enough'”(p.210) Atticus knew he had potential, and Walter left him without a scratch. He judges no person without having full reason to do so, and for this reason I admire many qualities of Atticus Finch.

  19. willowm

    I was interested in Atticus’ positive outlook on people. We saw this earlier in the book when he referred to Mrs. Dubose as a lady, even after talking about him to his children. In tonight’s reading, men come to confront Atticus, and most likely hurt him. It was not until Scout came that everyone left. After the matter, Scout said to Atticus “I thought Mr. Cunningham was a friend of ours.”(pg 10) Atticus responded, “He still is… Mr Cunningham’s basically a good man.” (pg 10) Jem disagreed because he thought Mr. Cunningham intended to kill Atticus. His father told him, “A mob’s always made up of people, no matter what. Mr. Cunningham was apart of a mob last night, but he was still a man.” (pg 10) I believe it is a very good and important quality to be able to see the good in people. Also to be non-confrontational and civil, but I am surprised Atticus referred to him as a friend.

  20. christophert3

    There were two things wanted to bring up that caught my attention in tonight’s reading. The first was the author’s craft of Ms. Harper Lee on page 195. On this page, we are introduced to the famous question of Atticus. But the thing that was so amazing about this was the way that this question of his was introduced to us. Harper Lee does not simply just straight up say the purpose of this question, but rather uses examples from Scout and Jem’s lives. Lee says, “This was Atticus’s dangerous question. ‘Do you really think you want to move there, Scout?’ Bam, bam, bam, and the checkerboard was swept clean of my men. ‘Do you really think that, son? Then read this.’ Jem would struggle the rest of an evening through the speeches of Henry W. Grady.”(pg 195) This shows Lee’s fprm pf questioning. Als, I must say that the consequences of their actions were also described in such an incredible way, such as the ‘the checkerboard was swept clean of my men’. Not only cna I picture it, it is a great way to describe the event. This is why I loved her author’s craft here. Then, the second thing I would like to mention is about when Scout comes to defend Atticus and is talking with Walter Cunningham. I just feel that it is worthy to mention that the theme of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is important since it has already been talked about twice, the first time being on page 39 when Scout is arguing with him about not wanting to go to school and he’s teaching her how to get along with others. This theme also leads Mr. Cunningham to leave Atticus, and Tom Robinson, and take all of the other men present there with him.

  21. marinas1

    In tonight’s chapters, one description immediately caught my eye. The description is of Maycomb’s jail. Scout describes it as “…the most venerable and hideous of the county’s buildings. Atticus said it was like something Cousin Joshua St. Claire might have designed. It was certainly someone’s dream….The jail was Maycomb’s only conversation piece: its detractors said it looked like a Victorian privy; its supporters said it gave the town a good solid respectable look, and no stranger would ever suspect that it was full of niggers.” (pp. 200-201) This quote is particularly interesting, for the supporters of the jail said that no one would speculate that the place was full of black people. However, while portraying this detail as a high note, they are also saying that the building is “respectable” and even capable of being “venerated”. So, when one thinks about it, they can see that it would not make any sense for the most worshipped and praised buildings (in some cases) in Maycomb to be filled with blacks. It is quite ironic for the blacks in Maycomb that most residents despise to be put in such a “magnificent architectural structure”. Due to this, the supporters of the jail are creating a “double negative”, and instilling irony in the reader.

  22. Esha Pandya

    From what we have read so far, we can tell that there is a strong dislike among the people of Maycomb against Atticus for taking the side of Tom Robinson. He receives many threats and encounters mobs of people trying to hurt him. This causes Jem to be scared, even though he usually never shows his fear. One night, Scout, Jem, and Dill sneak downtown to see where Atticus went. They saw him being encountered by a mob, including a Cunningham. As Scout watched, she knew something terrible would happen, and upon instinct, rushed to her father’s side. Scout talks to the men about how bad an entailment is, bringing shock to everyone. Finally, Mr. Cunningham tells his men to go back to the cars.

    The next morning, Atticus discusses the causes of what happened the night before, saying that no matter how big a mob may be, they are still human. “So it took an eight-year-old to bring ‘em to their senses…That proves…that a gang of wild can be stopped, simply because they’re still human.” (page 210) Scout may not be wise yet, being only eight years old, but she learns a great deal from what Atticus tells her. When she speaks about the entailment, the men are astonished at how a little girl is advising grown men. Being compared to wild animals, the men’s actions from the previous night were more out of instinct to what they thought was right, similar to an animal’s instinct. Scout spoke to them with more thought to her words, speaking to Mr. Cunningham with what she thought he was interested in. This brought sense into the group of men by showing them how rash their actions were compared to a little girl’s. Going back to the comparison between wild animals and the men, Atticus says that no matter what, they are still human. Being human allowed them to realize their mistake, pointed out by Scout. Had they been fully taken over by their thoughts, the men would have gone farther than threats. Which is why Mr. Underwood was hidden with a gun for backup.

  23. kat

    In these chapters I really started to see Atticus as a hero. He is doing what he told Jem to do. When Atticus said that Mrs. Dubose was the greatest person he’s met, he is saying that she is hero-like, In Atticus’s eyes a hero is someone who takes charge of their actions, and stands by what thry believe in,and having “real courage” to do so. In tonights reading we really see Atticus stand by his claim. Even though the odds are against him Atticus believes that Tom Robinson is innocent. Atticus sees past his race when m,any others don’t. Atticus seems to be someone who stands up tall and plants his foot. He won’t stop fighting until it ends, If Tom is found guilty I think that Atticus will be upset with himself but fight again for his next case, This is what makes Atticus a hero and what makes him such a well known and loved literary character.

  24. laurena2

    In these chapters, I was amazed by Scout’s bravery while saving her father. She stood up against older men and even took one out with one kick. Although we saw Scout fight before, the is the first time we have seen her do it for the better. Without Scout, Atticus and Jem would not be as safe and the fight between the men could have ended horribly. After all Atticus and Jem have done to help Scout, she was finally able to return the favor.

  25. George

    Chapters 15 and 16 are full of suspense, first we start off with ddalibg with Dill who has run away from home. His reasoning is very self centered; he ran away because his parents didn’t pay enough attention to him which is outrageous. Just bacause your parents dont pay attention to you does not mean that they don’t love you. Look at Atticus. He has a respectful detachment from his children. Which brings us to the encounter with the police. The sherif tells Atticus that there is consern about a lynch mob so they are going to move Tom tp the county jail. Atticus goes there and a group shows up and tell Atticus to move whicj Atticus does not do. He standd firm to proptect the justice in this town. Scout and Jem refuse to go away and that makes the mob lose steam. This encounter reinforced the idea that Atticis will do anything for justice.

  26. alekhya

    In last night’s chapters we see a return of Maycomb’s illness, when some townsfolk circle Atticus and threaten him. Scout is confused as most of the men in the mob were as far as she knew civilized people, for example Mr. Cunningham. And as it turns out the cure to this particular case is the voice of a child. Scout’s innocence causes the men to take a step back and reminds them what it feels like to have their children in danger. One can probably argue that Scout’s bravery truly saved Atticus’ life that night but I found it strange that Atticus did not thank her or show an affection but instead told Jem that he had been brave and gave him signs of affection.

  27. Rebecca F

    Scout’s behavior in this chapter is a perfect example of childlike innocence. When seeing the mob surrounding Atticus, she jumps up and runs to them yelling, “He-ey Atticus,” p. Upon seeing that it was not the same group of people as the night before, she falters, feeling slightly embarrassed. However, her abashment doesn’t last long as she soon notices that Mr. Cunnigham stands among the group. She begins to ramble about entailment and Walter Cunnigham Jr. I found it sweet how Scout was able to break apart a mob so easily when it seemed that Atticus and the mob were going to get into a fight. Scout’s innocence brings a grown man to his senses when Atticus’s words could not.

  28. adam

    While reading chapters 15 and 16, I noticed something interesting, although maybe not significant. Atticus claims that Mr. Cunningham is a good man, but has a few “blind spots.” A blind spot is an area where one’s point of view is obstructed. However, Mr. Cunningham has a large blind spot to racism. People in modern day do not view racism as a blind spot, but a mental illness. Racism seems like a large blind spot to have, and I am curious to why Atticus classifies it as a blind spot. I am unsure how this could effect the novel later on, but it is interesting how racism was not as demoralizing back then? Mr. Cunningham’a “bald spot” was more than a bald spot,


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