The Power Of One

A conversation between a small girl (Scout) and her father (Atticus) from To Kill A Mockingbird:

“Do you defend niggers, Atticus?” I asked him that evening.

“Of course I do. Don’t say nigger, Scout. That’s common.”

“ ‘s what everybody at school says.”

“From now on it’ll be everybody less one.”

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13 thoughts on “The Power Of One

  1. my favourite is when he says ‘they do nothing but sing their hearts out for us to enjoy. kill as many blue jays as you want, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird’

    and this

    “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

    i cud go on…

  2. Havah, the style and perspective are unlike anything I’ve read before. I am less than half-way through the book. I sense a storm approaching. It has been a long time since I’ve cried reading a book…

  3. Oh wow, I read this book during a phase when I was suddenly reading strange books… One flew over the cuckoo’s nest, Catcher in the Rye, usw. You’ll love it!

  4. Oh the nuances of this book..

    I first read it when i was in school and at the time, it read more like “Adventures of Scout”.
    I then read it when I was in college and it was all about justice and equality.
    I later read it when I was pregnant and it was all about good parenting..

    A truly great book.

  5. Thanks, V. All great works of art teach us different things in each different stage of life we experience them. In fact, sometimes the greatest works tell us more about ourselves than anything else!

    I didn’t read this earlier, so I’ve filed it under parenting in my first reading itself. 🙂

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