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  •  Was there a more moving story than that of Lee's (3+ / 0-)
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    bigjacbigjacbigjac, 57andFemale, DvCM

    parents and the discovery of his mother in an all male camp?  Every time I re-read the book, I find myself wishing, along with Lee, that this time they make it through the time of trouble.

    Was there a fictional death more profound than that of Samuel Hamilton?  Does anyone else relate to elderly family more honestly as a consequence of Tom's inability to lie to his father?

    I think that Lee's discovery of Thou Mayest, the story's crux, (or rather the discovery by the pipe-smoking scholars with whom he corresponded) shows him to be a far more crucial character than one to be marginalized as a stereotype.

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