The evening, something weird happens: Atticus comes into the living room with a light bulb and an extension cord. He says that he's going out for a while and won't be back till after the kids are in bed.
Strange event #2: Atticus takes the car, instead of walking like he usually does.
Obviously, the kids sneak out to follow him.
Finally they see him in front of the jail, reading by the light of the light bulb he went off with.
Four cars drive up.
Atticus puts down his newspaper, and Scout thinks that he seems to be expecting these visitors.
The kids hide in a nearby doorway and overhear a man telling Atticus to move away from the door and let them through.
Atticus tells them to go home and that Heck Tate's nearby.
Another man says that they decoyed Tate out into the woods. He's not coming back any time soon.
There's some threatening talk, and Scout can't take it: she runs out to Atticus.
For a moment Atticus looks afraid when he sees Scout, and Scout's upset, too: these aren't the same men as last night.
Atticus tells Jem to take Scout and Dill home, but Jem doesn't want to. Father and son face off.
One of the men grabs Jem, and Scout kicks him right where it counts, making him back off.
Finally, Scout sees a familiar face: Mr. Cunningham. And she starts talking.
She asks him about his entailment, tells him to say hi to Walter for her, and keeps prattling away until his lack of answers really starts to get to her.
Just then, Mr. Cunningham squats down and tells Scout that he's going to give Walter her message. He tells the other men that they're going to leave, and they do. Whew!
A voice comes from above: Tom Robinson is asking if the men have gone.
From across the square, another voice: Mr. Underwood has been playing sniper backup from The Maycomb Tribune office.
Atticus and Mr. Underwood talk for a while, and then Atticus and the kids take Atticus's stuff to his car to go home.
Scout thinks Jem is going to get royally chewed out for following Atticus into town, but her dad actually just rubs his head affectionately.