After dinner, I took an extension cord with a light bulb at the end, so I could read in the dark outside the jailhouse where they just recently moved Tom Robinson. I knew that someone was bound to come to lynch him. I took the car and as I was leaving the driveway, I had a slight feeling that Jem and Scout would show up. When I got to the jailhouse, I set up a chair and plugged in the extension cord inside. I said hi to Tom and told him not to worry. He told me to go home to my family, but I ignored him. I sat out front reading the newspaper and I was willing to sit there all night to keep Tom safe. The next thing I know, four cars drove from the highway and stopped in front of me. I instantly knew what they wanted. I folded the newspaper and laid it in my lap and waited for them to get out of their cars. Eventually, they got out and gathered around me. I told them not to wake him up, because he was asleep. I looked around the crowd and saw Walter Cunningham. I told them all to go home, because Heck Tate was close by somewhere. What I wasn’t expecting was for them to say that they sent Heck off on a wild goose chase. Out of nowhere, Scout pops out of the crowd and says hey Atticus. Jem and Dill follow her and I was part mad, but mostly relieved, because they made the reason that I was there a whole lot easier. The father in me told Jem to take Scout and Dill home. After Jem refused a few times, Scout started up a conversation with Walter Cunningham. She told him to tell his son hey and after that, Walter gave up and told the men to get back in the cars and leave. After they left, I walked home with Jem, Scout, and Dill happy that they were there, if they wouldn’t have been there, I don’t know what would have happened to me and Tom.
#3 - Dill and Scout Leave the Trial
Part way through the trial, I couldn’t take it anymore. I had started crying and I didn’t want to be in that room anymore, so I made Scout take me outside. I could tell that she wasn’t happy about it, but I needed to get out of there for a while. We ran down the stars and Scout walked me over to the trees under the shade, because she said that the heat had gotten to me. I told Scout that I couldn’t stand the way that Mr. Gilmer was talking about Tom, when she asked me. After a short argument between Scout and I, Mr. Dolphus Raymond joined in and agreed with me. Mr. Raymond told us to come around the tree because he had something that would help my stomach feel better. He handed me his paper sack that everyone knew was filled with alcohol, but when I tasted it, it was just Coca-Cola. When Mr. Raymond laughed, Scout told me to be careful and I told her that it was Coca-Cola. Scout asked him why he didn’t tell people what he was really drinking. He claimed that it gave folks a reason why he lived the way that he lived. After we finished talking to Mr. Raymond, we went back in the courthouse and continued listening to the trial.
#4 - The Attack