Only the Children

by Deborah Fagan Carpenter


“Atticus—” …said Jem bleakly.

“How could they do it, how could they?”


“I don’t know, but they did it.

They’ve done it before

and they did it tonight

and they’ll do it again.

And when they do it,

—seems that only children weep.”


Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


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  1. Yancey Tallent

    Thank you for writing this piece, Deborah. I went to see To Kill A Mockingbird this week at Hutchison School, initially because my grand niece, Ainsley, was playing the part of “Scout”. It brought back so many memories of the original movie. So many morals taught in one setting. The audience remained spellbound for over two hours. It is easy to recognize a good story even when you are young, but far more profound is to keep rediscovering the greatness of the writer.…something like – the older I get, the better they become. I’m going to make a copy of all the excerpts listed and post it for daily referral.
    Thanks again,

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