“I can’t say I approve of everything he does, Maudie, but he’s my brother, and I just want to know when this will ever end.” Her voice rose: “It tears him to pieces. He doesn’t show it much, but it tears him to pieces.”

– Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 24. After the death of Tom Robinson, Aunt Alexandra expresses concern about the toll the case has taken on her brother Atticus and worries that it is breaking him up.