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  • "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'," as mentioned on the Tear Jerker page.
  • "Thank you, Arthur. Thank you for my children."
  • Meta example: For his performance as Atticus, Harper Lee gave Gregory Peck a pocket watch that belonged to her father, the man Atticus was based on. When Peck accepted his Best Actor award, he was wearing the watch.
    • For added points, the watch was stolen from Peck's bag at a train station one day, and he was so ashamed that for years he didn't admit it to Lee. When she finally did find out, however, she didn't make a big deal of it because: "It's just a watch."
  • "Hey, Boo."
  • Jem refusing to leave his father even when Atticus tells him to during the scene outside the jail, and, rather than rebuke him for it afterward, Atticus goes with an Affectionate Gesture to the Head as they leave.
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  • Meta example: Mary Badham, who played Scout in the film, kept in contact with Gregory Peck after the filming ended. She would always call him "Atticus".
  • Though we don't see it, it's implied that Jem was injured trying to protect Scout from Bob Ewell. A 12-year-old boy fighting a grown man for his little sister.
  • The scene added for the film where Scout and Jem discuss their memories of their mother, as Atticus silently listens.
  • The Sheriff lying to protect Arthur Radley and saying how he did the town a big service. The Sheriff acknowledges that even if Arthur does deserve all the praise and rewards for doing what he did, he wouldn't want it—having been a recluse for such a large part of his life, Arthur's not used to being around so many people and obviously wouldn't like being the center of so much attention. So the Sheriff decides that the best way to thank Arthur Radley is to simply keep their mouths shut about what really happened and publish the story about Bob Ewell simply falling on his knife.
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  • In a way, Bob Ewell's death. He was murdered to prevent him from killing children, and Mayella Ewell can be free from his influence.
  • "He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning."
  • Scout, following Jem's injuries towards the end of the book, hovered around the adults repeatedly asking if Jem was dead, with no other questions or comments, and she was not satisfied until she got to see him for herself.
  • While the jury was out, Scout remembered that Jem had told her that if enough people concentrated on setting a tree on fire, the tree would ignite. So she thinks about telling everyone to think about Tom being acquitted.
  • Doubling as a Tear Jerker, Mayella Ewell saves up her money for a year so that she can buy ice cream for all of her siblings. It's a brief glimpse of the young woman she could have become if not for her nightmarish home life.
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  • May double as a Tear Jerker. When Atticus agrees to defend Tom, he knows full well that the young man can't pay for legal fees. After the first day of the trial, the Finch children wake up and go outside...and discover that the entire African-American population of the town has been up all night preparing food to leave anonymously on the back porch. It's such a simple gesture, but it means so much.
  • A small one, but the fact that Cal and Atticus once sat down to try to figure out how old she is by comparing memories. Most employers of the time wouldn't have bothered.
  • Crosses over with CMoA: the fact that Scout can make a lynch mob feel ashamed of themselves and go home just by talking to them-and not with some eloquent speech, but by reaching out to Mr. Cunningham with the simple innocence of a child.
    • For extra Heartwarming, it's stated that afterwards, Mr. Cunningham supported Atticus and had to be pressured into voting against Tom Robinson.
  • Atticus cries in relief once the lynch mob leaves. Given how stoic he is, it is heartwarming that the danger to his children was something that made him react in this way.
  • Tom's boss, Link Deas, standing up for him in court, even though it gets him thrown out. Later, he gives Helen a job, even though he doesn't need her, because he feels badly about how things turned out. Lastly, upon finding out that Helen is taking the long way to work because the Ewells harass her every time she walks past, he goes to the house and threatens to have them all arrested if they bother her again.
  • The fact that Atticus Finch became AFI's #1 hero. Yep, you read that right, an ordinary citizen won the best hero award. Not Batman, not Indiana Jones, not even Superman. Finch got rewarded for standing up for what was right for his town, being a reasonable and active father, and bringing hope and charisma to everyone around him. Finch completely deserves that award.
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