10+ Important Mayella Ewell Quotes From 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Georgia Stone
Dec 12, 2023 By Georgia Stone
Originally Published on Feb 16, 2021
Mayella Ewell is a character from the novel 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Mayella Ewell is a fictional character from 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.

She was a very poor person living in the fictional town of Maycomb. She was a daughter of an evil alcoholic named Bob Ewell.

Mayella accused an African-American named Tom Robinson of rape and abuse, though it's later revealed that her every allegation was false. These allegations eventually led to the death of Tom Robinson as he tried to escape prison.

The Ewells were considered as one of the 'lowest class' of people in the town. Mayella Ewell symbolized both, the victim and the assailant of prejudice in the story as she revealed that she was abused her whole life by her father.

We've compiled the most important Mayella Ewell quotes in this article. If you want to read more quotes from other characters in the novel, then check out these Atticus quotes and Boo Radley quotes.

Mayella Ewell Quotes From The Trial

Mayella Ewell was called to the witness stand to help solve the rape case on Tom Robinson. During the trial, Mayella Ewell's father makes her lie so that the jury will believe the false allegations against Tom. Here are some Mayella Ewell quotes from the trial in court.

1. "He does tollable, 'cept when-"

- Mayella Ewell.

2. "You makin' fun o'me agin, Mr. Finch?"

- Mayella Ewell.

3. "I don't remember too good."

- Mayella Ewell.

4. "No, I don't recollect if he hit me. I mean yes I do, he hit me."

- Mayella Ewell.

5. "Reckon I did, hollered for all I was worth, kicked and hollered as loud as I could."

- Mayella Ewell.

6. "Your fancy airs don't come to nothin'—your ma'amin' and Miss Mayellerin' don't come to nothin', Mr. Finch."

- Mayella Ewell.

7. "I got somethin' to say an' then I ain't gonna say no more."

- Mayella Ewell.

8. "He got me round the neck, cussin’ me and sayin’ dirt – I fought ‘n’ hollered, but he had me around the neck. He hit me agin’ an’ agin."

- Mayella Ewell.

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Characters Quotes

'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee is a fascinating tale that shows the evil side of the pre-civil rights society to its reader. The novel garnered a lot of praise when it came out as it really put into perspective the injustices against minorities and women.

It is still considered a must-read after all these years. Here are some famous quotes from the characters of the novel.

9. "I did not understand the subtlety of Tom’s predicament: he would not have dared strike a white woman under any circumstances and expect to live long, so he took the first opportunity to run—which would be seen as a sure sign of guilt."

- Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch.

10. "Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open."

- Atticus Finch.

11. "Prosecutor: Were you so scared that she'd hurt you, you ran, a big buck like you?

Tom Robinson: No suh, I's scared I'd be in court, just like I am now."

- Harper Lee, 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.


"As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash."

- Atticus Finch.

13. "I can use one hand as good as the other."

- Bob Ewell.

14. "Don’t see how any jury could convict on what we heard."

- Jem.

15. "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 Finch.

16. "Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop."

- Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch.

17. "This case is as simple as black and white."

- Atticus Finch.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Mayella Ewell Quotes then why not take a look at [Scout quotes], or Tom Robinson quotes.

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Written by Georgia Stone

Bachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

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Georgia StoneBachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

Georgia is an experienced Content Manager with a degree in French and Film Studies from King's College London and Bachelors degree from Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her passion for exploring the world and experiencing different cultures was sparked during her childhood in Switzerland and her year abroad in Paris. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys using London's excellent travel connections to explore further afield.

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