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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  • I love that book. It made me cry so many times, it’s just so moving.

  • Touché!

  • Sigh. Such simplicity of expression, intent and authority.

  • 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…

  • This book was a beauty. I have heard that the movie was good too.

  • 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!

  • V

    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.