To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird Character Quotes

Jean Louise Finch (Scout)

"Well how do you know we ain't Negroes?" "Uncle Jack Finch says we really don't know. He says as far as he can trace back the Finches we ain't, but for all he knows we mighta come straight out of E...

Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem)

"You goin' to court this morning?" asked Jem. […] "I am not. 't's morbid, watching a poor devil on trial for his life. Look at all those folks, it's like a Roman carnival." "They hafta try him in...

Atticus Finch

"Scout," said Atticus, "nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don't mean anything—like snot-nose. It's hard to explain—ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody's favoring...

Calpurnia

"It's right hard to say," she said. "Suppose you and Scout talked colored-folks' talk at home it'd be out of place, wouldn't it? Now what if I talked white-folks' talk at church, and with my neighb...

Charles Baker Harris (Dill)

"It was just him I couldn't stand," Dill said. […] "That old Mr. Gilmer doin' him thataway, talking so hateful to him—[…] It was the way he said it made me sick, plain sick. […] The way tha...

Mayella Ewell

Suddenly Mayella became articulate. "I got somethin' to say," she said. Atticus raised his head. "Do you want to tell us what happened?" But she did not hear the compassion in his invitation. (18.1...

Robert E. Lee Ewell

[Mr. Ewell says] "I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!" (17.84)

Alexandra Hancock

"Don't talk like that, Dill," said Aunt Alexandra. "It's not becoming to a child. It's—cynical." "I ain't cynical, Miss Alexandra. Tellin' the truth's not cynical, is it?" "The way you tell it, i...

Maudie Atkinson

"There are just some kind of men who—who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results." (5.44)

Heck Tate

"I'm not a very good man, sir, but I am sheriff of Maycomb County. Lived in this town all my life an' I'm goin' on forty-three years old. Know everything that's happened here since before I was bor...

Grace Merriweather

"Oh child, those poor Mrunas," she said, and was off. Few other questions would be necessary. Mrs. Merriweather's large brown eyes always filled with tears when she considered the oppressed. "Livin...

Judge John Taylor

"There has been a request," Judge Taylor said, "that this courtroom be cleared of spectators, or at least of women and children, a request that will be denied for the time being. People generally s...

Horace Gilmer

"You're very candid about this, why did you run so fast?" "I says I was scared, suh." "If you had a clear conscience, why were you scared?" "Like I says before, it weren't safe for any nigger to be...

Lula

Lula stopped, but she said, "You ain't got no business bringin' white chillun here—they got their church, we got our'n. It is our church, ain't it, Miss Cal?" … When I looked down the pathway a...