Chapter 11

Thursday, August 13, 2009

In all the theatrical productions (both film and stage) I've seen of this seminal work, this sequence is always omitted.
It just happens to be one of my favorite parts.

"In a flash Atticus was up and standing over him. Jem buried his face in Atticus's shirt front. "Sh-h," he said. "I think that was her way of telling you everything's all right now, Jem, everything's all right. You know, she was a great lady."
"A lady?" Jem raised his head. His face was scarlet. "After all those things she said about you, a lady?"
"She was. She had her own views about things, a lot different from mine, maybe...son, I told you that if you hadn't lost your head I'd have made you go read to her. I wanted you to see something about her, I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew.""

Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird


  1. LOVE THIS and, afraid to say, don't remember reading one word of that in 9th grade. (I mean, I read the book but...)

    tahnks for sharing.


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