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To Kill a Mockingbird - Chapter 24


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Aunt Alexandra is entertaining her missionary circle. Who are the Mrunas, and why is the missionary circle interested in them?
The Mrunas are a tribe of people that the missionary circle is trying to civilize and Christianize, under the leadership of a Methodist minister named J. Grimes Everett. Although it is not directly stated where the Mrunas live, several clues indicate that they are an African tribe. For example, Mrs. Merriweather describes them as "living in that jungle" and states, "Not a white person'll go near 'em but that saintly J. Grimes Everett."
Who says, "If we just let them know we forgive' em, that we've forgotten it, then this whole thing'll blow over."

Who and what is she talking about? What is ironic about her statement?
Mrs. Merriweather is talking about Maycomb's black community and the after-effects of Tom Robinson's trial. She is stating that once the black community realizes that the white population has forgiven them, then the disruption caused by the trial will cease to exist, and everything will return to normal. Her statement is obviously ironic. In her ignorance, which is shared by many of the whites in Maycomb, she believes that the black community is in need of forgiveness from the white community for the trial and its aftermath. Just the opposite is true. The trial and conviction of Tom Robinson was a travesty of justice, brought about by the racism of the town's white population. Clearly, if one group of people is in need of forgiveness for committing a moral wrong against the other, it is Maycomb's white community that must seek forgiveness from the black community.
When Mrs. Merriweather claims, "there are some good but misguided people in this town," what is she talking about, and to whom is she referring?
She is making a veiled criticism of Atticus and his defense of Tom Robinson. She implies that Atticus thought that he was doing the right thing by defending Tom, but all he really did was "stir up" the black population and cause further trouble for white people like her.
Who says coldly says to Mrs. Merriweather, "His food doesn't stick going down, does it?"
Miss Maudie
Who explains, "People like Mr. Heck Tate did not trap you with innocent questions to make fun of you; even Jem was not highly critical unless you said something stupid...There was something about [men], no matter how much they cussed and drank and gambled and chewed...there was something about them that I instinctively liked...they weren't—"
According to ___________, "the last thing he said to Atticus before they took him down to the prison camp was, 'Goodbye, Mr. Finch, there ain't nothin' you can do now, so there ain't no use tryin'."
Who said? "They shot him...He was running. It was during their exercise period. They said he just broke into a blind raving charge at the fence and started climbing over. Right in front of them—." According to _________-, the guards had yelled for Tom to stop and had fired a few warning shots into the air. When Tom did not stop, they shot to kill: "They said if he'd had two good arms he'd have made it, he was moving that fast. Seventeen bullet holes in him."
Who tries to make Alexandra view the situation in a different light? "Have you ever thought of it this way, Alexandra? Whether Maycomb knows it or not, we're paying the highest tribute we can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It's that simple."
Miss Maudie