Chapters 26 and 27
Scout describes a day in her third grade class when Cecil Jacobs
gives a presentation on Adolph Hitler. The ensuing class discussion
reveals yet another example of hypocrisy and the randomness of the
distinctions people make between people. In this case, Scout's teacher
defends the Jews and proclaims how lucky they all are for living
in a democracy. She states, "That's the difference between America
and Germany. We are a democracy and Germany is a dictatorship'Over
here we don't believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes
from people who are prejudiced" (258). How can her teacher, Miss
Gates, possibly think that Americans aren't prejudiced and do not
persecute anyone? Scout is confused by the class discussion and
follows up with Atticus on several of the issues.
By mid-October life in Maycomb has settled back into its normal
routine with the exception of three small but ominous events. First,
Bob Ewell finally acquired but quickly lost a job. He was so irate
about losing his job that he marched down to Atticus's office and
accused him of "getting" his job. Second, someone broke into Judge
Taylor's house. Finally, Link Deas, Helen Robinson's employer, threatens
Bob Ewell after Helen complains that Bob had been following her
to work every morning. Clearly, Bob Ewell still seeks revenge on
the people he feels wronged him during the Robinson trial.
Meanwhile, Scout looks forward to a Halloween pageant at school
and occupies the rest of the chapter with the story of Tutti and
Frutti Barber, two old ladies who were tormented by children who
thought it would be a grand practical joke to hide the ladies' furniture
a classroom discussion of Adolf Hitler and his treatment of the
Jews, Scout is struck by the hypocrisy of many of Maycomb's residents.
While condemning Hitler for being prejudiced and genocidal, the
same people act racist and genocidal themselves.
It would appear that Bob Ewell has not forgotten his grudge against
some of Maycomb's citizens, including Judge Taylor and Helen Robinson.
In the meantime, Scout prepares for a Halloween night presentation
at her school. She plans to wear a bulky pig costume, one that severely
limits her vision.