returning to that old town

Happy 50th Birthday, To Kill a Mockingbird!

"Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer's day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum."
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Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, (Scout Finch)

"When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness' sake. But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em." ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, (Atticus Finch)

"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."
~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, (Atticus Finch)

"It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived."
~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, (Scout Finch)

"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, (Miss Maudie Atkinson)


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