To Kill a Mockingbird
Now it is Mayella's turn to take the witness stand.
Mayella testifies that one day she was sitting on her porch when Tom Robinson happened
by and she offered to pay him a nickle to break up an old piece of furniture into
kindling wood. Instead, Tom followed her inside the house, grabbed her around the
throat, beat her up, and raped her.
Throughout her testimony Mayella is very nervous. She seems afraid of Atticus, and
thinks that when he calls her "Miss" he is trying to make fun of her. It is obvious
that Mayella is not used to being treated politely.
Mayella breaks down in tears as she describes her desperate struggle
with Tom. After she is finished speaking, Atticus asks Tom Robinson to
stand up. Everyone present can see that his left hand is useless and mangled,
the result of an accident years ago. It is difficult to imagine how Tom
could have fought in the way Mayella described.
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