To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 21 Summary
- The judge allows Cal to hand Atticus a note from Aunt Alexandra, which says that the kids are missing.
- Uh, they're in the balcony and have been there all afternoon.
- Atticus sends the kids home with Calpurnia, but after some strategic whining he agrees that they can come back once they've had their dinner.
- Aunt Alexandra is ready to faint from horror when she hears where they've been, but they head back anyway.
- Scout and Jem are surprised that hardly anyone has left—usually everyone heads out once the jury leaves to deliberate.
- Jem says that they've won the case, but the Reverend says that he's never seen a jury support an African-American man over a white one.
- The court audience waits patiently. For over three hours. Without a single piece of technology in sight.
- If you're wondering how people killed time before smartphones, they apparently slept a lot more: Scout dozes off, and when she wakes up she's thinking about the morning when Atticus shot the mad dog.
- Finally, it's time for the (unanimous) verdict: guilty.
- Atticus whispers something to Tom Robinson, packs up his papers, and leaves.
- As he walks down the aisle alone, the African-Americans in the balcony silently stand up to honor him.
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