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Fridge Horror

  • In To Kill a Mockingbird, the Ewell family is full of small children being raised by the eldest sister, Mayella Ewell, and nominally supported by the abusive father, Bob Ewell. It's said in the book that Mayella can't remember her mother. That means that Mayella must have been very young when her mother died. Well then, where did all these small children come from...oh. OH.
    • Nightmare Fuel, to be sure...
      • It's no accident, Tom Robinson actually states that Mayella told him "what her Daddy do to her don't count" while trying to seduce him.
    • There's also the description of Mayella as "heavyset". Granted, that could just be her body type, period, but it could also be the result of pregnancies.
  • Jem's the perfect age to be fighting in World War II.
    • The real Jem, Lee's brother Edwin, did so.
    • Atticus also probably fought in World War I. No wonder he never spoke about his skill with a rifle.
      • He wasn't a veteran but an expert hunter. He stopped because he was so good he felt it wasn't fair to the animals.
  • The "what her pa do to her don't count" line. When I first read the book as a preteen, I thought she was talking about innocent "good night" kisses or the like.
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