As school progresses, Scout’s classmates begin to tease her by calling her father the profane, racist, and detestable word some people use to describe African Americans. She almost has a fight with Cecil Jacobs when Cecil states African Americans, but she uses the racist “N” word. Scout discusses the incident with her father. Atticus explains that he has taken the case of Tom Robinson who is a black man, which greatly affected him and the family as well. A white woman accused Tom Robinson of rape. Atticus knows he is not winning the case but he needs to defend the man and uphold his beliefs for self-respect and justice. Atticus asks Scout never get her involve in a fight with anything that relates to the case.
Their Uncle Jack comes to stay for the Christmas season from Boston. He would stay at the house for a week. Scout gets along well with her uncle but hates the idea of spending Christmas day at the house of her Aunt Alexandra, which is at the Finch’ landing. She hates to visit the Finch’ landing and see her cousin Francis. Scout finds her cousin boring and she hates to hear her Aunt saying that she wears a dress instead of pants, which is the most appropriate dress code for a girl.
Everything runs smooth in the household until Francis calls Atticus terrible names because he defends the black man. Scout curses and begins hitting Francis in defense for her father. Uncle Jack catches her in the act and spanks her without hearing the cause of the fight. Jack only knew of the reason of the fistfight when Scout tells her the story back at Maycomb. The revelation makes Jack angry. Scout asks him not to tell anyone since she promised her father never to get into a fight again about his defense of Tom Robinson. Jack feels sorry for the girl and apologizes for spanking her. Later in the night, Scout hears her father telling Jack about the innocence of Tom Robinson. He thinks that the jury, composed of white people, would not think of acquitting the black man.
This was a To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter Summary 9; there are 31 chapters in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.