Tom Robinson didn't rape Mayella Ewell but is still found guilty by the jury. After the trial, Atticus (Gregory Peck) is informed that Tom was killed while trying to escape. Months later, Jem and Scout are attacked by Bob Ewell and then an unknown person attacks and kills Bob. The one who killed Bob was Arthur "Boo" Radley (Robert Duvall), the "scary man" from the beginning of the film; he is also the one who left the watch and the dolls in the tree for Scout and Jem (also seen earlier in the film). The sheriff tells Atticus that there shouldn't be a trial over Arthur killing Bob because it was self defense and that it would be a sin to make it public. An adult Scout narrates a bit about her childhood and about something Atticus once said: "You never truly know someone until you've stood in their shoes and walked around in them."
Question: Why did everybody in the courtroom go silent when Tom said that he did chores for Mayella because he felt sorry for her?
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