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.