Atticus Finch on bending the law

“Sometimes it’s better to bend the law a little in special cases. In your case, the law remains rigid. So to school you must go.”

– Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 3. Atticus lays down the law to Scout about going to school. She doesn’t see why she has to go when Bob Ewell’s son Burris doesn’t. But Atticus explains that the Ewells are a special case. One of the town’s poorest families with Bob Ewell drinking all the money he gets, they are allowed leave school when they want, hunt out of season, because the authorities take pity on them.