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To Kill a Mockingbird

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Approx. 104,000 words

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When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

— First line

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.


Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts.


"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."   


"Atticus, he was real nice." "Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."


"They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it—seems that only children weep."


"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."

He turned out the light and went into Jem's room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.

— Last line


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