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What is the main reason it is so shocking for the trial audience to hear Tom say that he felt sorry for Mayella?
It does not go along with the portrait the prosecution had painted of him whatsoever.
It is so blatently untrue and such a boldface lie for him to try to pass off as the truth.
That does not seem like a likely motive leading one person to rape another human being.
As a black man he is supposed to know his place in society and feel lesser than and inferior to her.
It shows that a great love could have been possible between them if they hadn't been found out.