To Kill A Mockingbird: Novel Summary: Chapters 25-26

Chapters 25-26Chapter 25: On their way to Helen Robinson`s place, Calpurnia and Atticus find Dill and Jem by the side of the road on their way from Barker`s Eddy where they had been swimming. Atticus allows Dill and Jem to accompany them to Helen`s house so the two boys describe that afternoon`s events to Scout when they return. Dill recounts, “she just fell down in the dirt. Just fell down in the dirt, like a giant with a big foot just came along and stepped on you`d step on an ant” (253). Dill also says that “Calpurnia and Atticus lifted Helen to her feet and half carried, half walked her to the cabin. They stayed inside a long time, and Atticus came out alone. When they drove back by the dump, some of the Ewells hollered at them, but Dill didn`t catch what they said” (253).Scout resents the fact the Maycomb`s townspeople stayed interested in the news of Tom`s death for only two days but she finds solace in an editorial written by B.B. Underwood in The Maycomb Tribune. “Mr. Underwood didn`t talk about miscarriages of justice, he was writing so children would understand. Mr. Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples, by they standing, sitting, or escaping. He likened Tom`s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children.Mr. Underwood`s meaning became clear: Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men`s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed” (254).Chapter 26: In this short chapter, Scout describes a day in her third grade class when Cecil Jacobs gives a presentation on Adolph Hitler. The ensuing class discussion reveals yet another example of hypocrisy and the randomness of the distinctions people make between people. In this case, Scout`s teacher defends the Jews and proclaims how lucky they all are for living in a democracy. She states, “That`s the difference between America and Germany. We are a democracy and Germany is a dictatorship.Over here we don`t believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced” (258). How can her teacher, Miss Gates, possibly think that Americans aren`t prejudiced and do not persecute anyone? Scout is confused by the class discussion and follows up with Atticus on several of the issues.