Part 1

Chapter 1

Whenhewasnearlythirteen,mybrotherJemgothisarmbadlybrokenattheelbow. Whenithealed,andJem’sfearsofneverbeingabletoplayfootballwereassuaged, hewasseldomself-consciousabouthisinjury. Hisleftarmwassomewhatshorterthanhisright; whenhestoodorwalked, thebackofhishandwasatrightanglestohisbody,histhumbparalleltohisthigh. Hecouldn’thavecaredless, solongashecouldpassandpunt. 

Whenenoughyearshadgonebytoenableustolookbackonthem, wesometimesdiscussedtheeventsleadingtohisaccident. ImaintainthattheEwellsstarteditall, butJem,whowasfouryearsmysenior,saiditstartedlongbeforethat. HesaiditbeganthesummerDillcametous, whenDillfirstgaveustheideaofmakingBooRadleycomeout. 

Isaidifhewantedtotakeabroadviewofthething, itreallybeganwithAndrewJackson. IfGeneralJacksonhadn’truntheCreeksupthecreek, SimonFinchwouldneverhavepaddleduptheAlabama, andwherewouldwebeifhehadn’t? Wewerefartoooldtosettleanargumentwithafist-fight, soweconsultedAtticus. Ourfathersaidwewerebothright. 

BeingSoutherners, itwasasourceofshametosomemembersofthefamilythatwehadnorecordedancestorsoneithersideoftheBattleofHastings. AllwehadwasSimonFinch, afur-trappingapothecaryfromCornwall whosepietywasexceededonlybyhisstinginess. InEngland,SimonwasirritatedbythepersecutionofthosewhocalledthemselvesMethodists atthehandsoftheirmoreliberalbrethren,andasSimoncalledhimselfaMethodist, heworkedhiswayacrosstheAtlantictoPhiladelphia, thencetoJamaica,thencetoMobile, anduptheSaintStephens. 

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