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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird Judge John Taylor Quotes

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"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 see what they look for, and hear what they listen for, and they have the right to subject their children to it, but I can assure you of one thing: you will receive what you see and hear in silence or you will leave this courtroom, but you won't leave it until the whole boiling of you come before me on contempt charges. (17.97)

Women are here put in the same category with children as beings in need of protection, whose delicate ears should be shielded from sordid reality. What? You say that rape is something women have to worry about experiencing more than men? Pshaw. They still shouldn't be allowed to hear about it.

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