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Summary of To Kill a Mockingbird Mayella testifies following, a reasonably clean nineteen-year- old woman who is obviously terrified. She states that she called Tom Robinson within the fence that day and offered him a nickel to break up a dresser to get her, which after he got in the house he grabbed her and took advantage of her. In Atticus' cross-examination, Mayella reveals that she has seven sisters to care for, a drunken father, and no buddies. Then Atticus examines her testimony and asks why she did not set up a better fight, why her shouts did not bring the other kids running, and most importantly - the way Tom Robinson managed the crime using a useless left hand , ripped apart by a cotton gin when he was a boy. Atticus begs her to admit that there was no rape, that her dad beat her. She shouts at him and calls the courtroom cowards if they don't convict Tom Robinson, bursts into tears needing to answer some more questions. From the recess that follows, Mr. Underwood finds the kids up in the balcony, however, Jem tells Scout that the paper editor won't tell Atticus - though he may include it in the social section of this paper. The prosecution rests, and Atticus calls just 1 witness - Tom Robinson. Tom testifies he constantly passed the Ewell house on how to work, and that Mayella often asked him to do errands for her. On the day in question, she requested him to come inside the house and repair a doorway. When he got inside, however, there was nothing wrong with the door, and he discovered that the other kids were gone. Mayella told him that she'd saved her money and sent them all to purchase ice cream, and she then asked him to lift down a box out of a dresser. After he climbed up on a chair, she grabbed his legs scaring him so much that he jumped down. Then she hugged him around the waist, and asked him to kiss her. As she struggled, her father appeared at the window, calling Mayella a whore and threatening to kill her, and then Tom fled. Connect Deas, Tom's white employer, stands up and tells everyone that in eight decades of work, he's never had any difficulty from Tom. Judge Taylorexpels him in the courtroom for quitting; afterward Mr. Gilmer gets up and cross-examines Tom. The prosecutor points out that the suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct, also gets Tom to acknowledge that he has the power, even with a single ha...