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To kill a mocking bird
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Chapter 27
Scout relates a few events that have recently occurred in Maycomb. Mr. Ewell
holds down a job for a few days, but then is fired from the WPA (Work Projects
Administration) for laziness. One night, alone in his study, Judge Taylor finds the
strange shadow of a prowler in his house and proceeds with his reading, but with a
gun across his lap. Helen Robinson has been working on the property of Mr. Link
Deas, but walks nearly a mile out of her way in order to avoid walking past the
Ewell's house, because they "chunk" at her when she passes by. When Mr. Link
Deas finds out, he approaches the Ewell house and yells to them, warning them
not to bother Helen, or else he'll have them put in jail. The next day, Mr. Ewell
follows Helen to work, "crooning foul words" the entire way, but Mr. Link Deas
again threatens him with jail and he stops this behavior. Aunt Alexandra thinks
that these events bode poorly for Atticus, as she is convinced that Ewell's threat
after the trial carries more weight than Atticus is willing to believe.
It is nearly Halloween, and Mrs. Grace Merriweather writes a pageant for Maycomb
people to perform about the history of the county. She wants children to play the
parts of Maycomb's agricultural products, and Scout is assigned to play the part of
the pork. She will wear a large costume made of chicken wire and wrapped around
with brown cloth, which comes to just above her knees. She can't put it on or
take it off without someone else's help because it pins her arms down, and she
can't see well through the eyeholes. Jem escorts her to the pageant, because
Atticus is too tired to go, and Aunt Alexandra opts to stay home with him.
In Chapter 27, Mr. Link Deas is revealed as another member of the forces working
for fairness in Maycomb by his defense of Helen against the menace of Mr. Ewell.
(During Tom's trial, Mr. Deas stood up and shouted that he had never had a
problem with Tom Robinson, and that he was a good worker and a good man. The
judge immediately quieted him and instructed the jury to ignore his statements in
order to avoid a mistrial.) Meanwhile, Mr. Ewell is again shown to be cowardly and
evil, threatening those who can defend themselves least. This chapter continues
to provide a building tale of suspense, as the book is clearly coming to a close,
and we will soon learn how Jem broke his arm, and the final events the novel has
been leading up to. The ordinary and harmless event Halloween pageant develops
into an evening fraught with horror.


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