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In the Style of Harper Lee, write a section of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

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English Coursework - To Kill A Mockingbird In the Style of Harper Lee, write a section of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Maycomb was the tired old town it always was, and as expected, the year passed on like any typical Maycomb one - without incident. School was nearing its end, and Jem and I were finally looking forward to getting acquainted with Dill once more. We had games to play, stories to tell and a full summer ahead of us. Annoying as it was, we genuinely missed Dill's rants about how he would go to a trip to Africa with his father and how he would one day become a professional pilot, just like his father of course. During the weeks that Dill hadn't been around, Jem and I had been forced to think of new ways to entertain ourselves; the pretend plays and spending tiresome days in the tree house had taken its toll on us, and we were desperate for some amusement in any other way. We even consulted Atticus, his best advice being to 'read a book'. We blatantly disregarded this, and I despised my father's age even more. Atticus was old. Even having considered Miss Maudie's views on him, and after that 'One Shot' incident, I still thought his attitude was tedious. ...read more.


Calpurnia even appeared to blend in with his new frame of mind. We were surprised one morning to see a cartoon in the Montgomery Advertiser above the caption, 'Maycomb's Finch'. It showed Atticus barefooted and in short pants, chained to a desk: he was diligently writing on a slate while some frivolous-looking girls yelled, 'Yoo-hoo!' at him. 'That's a compliment,' explained Jem. 'He spends his time doin' things that wouldn't get done if nobody did 'em.' 'Huh?' In addition to Jem's newly developed characteristics, he had acquired a maddening air of wisdom. 'Oh, Scout, it's like reorganizing the tax system of the counties and things. That kind of thing's pretty dry to most men. 'How do you know?' 'Oh, go on and leave me alone. I'm readin' the paper.' Jem got his wish. I departed for the kitchen. Life outside Maycomb was unknown to me; our modest county was all I ever knew. Every day we would inevitably pass Mrs. Dubose's front porch en route to town - she was inescapable, as well as her usual cruel remarks. 'Hey there Mrs. Dubose, how are things?' I would try to say in a formal tone. 'Don't you hey me, you ugly little girl! You say good afternoon Mrs. Dubose! That nigger lover you call a father ever teach you anything?' ...read more.


'Boo Radley? Again?' asked Dill. Jem said, 'Scout, you can be Mrs. Radley -' 'I declare if I will. I don't think -' ''s matter?' said Dill. 'Still scared?' 'He can get out at night when we're all asleep...' I said. Jem hissed. 'Scout, how's he gonna know what we're doin'? Besides, I don't think he's still there. He died years ago and they stuffed him up the chimney.' Dill said, 'Jem, you and me can play and Scout can watch if she's still scared.' I was fairly sure Boo Radley was inside that house, but I couldn't prove it, and felt it best to keep my mouth shut or I would be accused of believing in Hot Steams, phenomena I was immune to in the daytime. Jem parceled out our roles once again: I was Mrs. Radley, and all I had to do was come out and sweep the porch. Dill was old Mr. Radley: he walked up and down the sidewalk and he went under the front steps and shrieked and howled from time to time. As the summer progressed, so did our game. We polished and perfected it, added dialogue and plot until we had manufactured a small play upon which we rang changes every day. It was times like these that I thought Maycomb, with all its lackluster traits, had given us something productive to do. ?? ?? ?? ?? Christopher Boutari 10F ...read more.

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