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One night, the police came and took me to jail though. Although I was very afraid, I saw that Mr. Finch came to sit by me the entire night. He read until a bunch of men came up and threaten to beat him up if he didn't move from his spot. I knew they just wanted to kill me and I wished that Mr. Finch would move so he wouldn't get hurt. But then three kids came running up, two of them must have been his, because they called him dad, but they started talking to the group of men. The little girl started talking about one of their sons. She said he was a nice boy and that she liked him a lot, and I wondered how that man felt hearing that when he was going to kill someone. I guess he felt bad about it, because he just told the little girl he'd tell his son hello for her and then the mob went away! I was so relieved that I told Mr. Finch to go home. I got some sleep.
The trial was in a couple of weeks, and when it finally got there, I was really nervous. I had to hear Mayella and Mr. Ewell lie up on the stand. They knew I didn't rape Mayella and I couldn't figure out why they would lie about it in front of God and all of Maycomb, but everyone seemed to believe them at first. Then Mr. Finch called me to the stand and I told the truth about what happened. Everyone seemed to believe me then and even Mr. Deas jumped out of his chair and said what a good worker I was. That made me happy, but I still knew I wouldn't get off. Once a Negro was convicted of something, white people made sure he was put away for good. Mr. Finch did his best though. The trial was interrupted before the jury left to deliberate the verdict by Mr. Finch's children. Those children could run wild sometimes, especially the girl. Mr. Finch gave them a stern talking to and sent them home until they had some supper. It made me miss my family a lot. The jury came out after three long hours, and, even though everyone already knew it, I was found guilty. I knew my family would suffer because Helen hadn't been able to find work since everything began, but I prayed that things would work out for them.
They took me to a jail more than seventy miles away from Maycomb. I wondered how long it would take for the acquittal; Mr. Finch had said the chances of me getting off were good, but that jail was horrible. I couldn't take much of it for long, and I was getting depressed from not being with my family. I decided nothing could be much worse than this, even death. I almost went crazy in that jail, and the only thing that made me feel alive in there was running. During our exercise hour we were allowed to run around the fenced in area for a while. One day, I saw that if I could just get over the fence, I could go home. I started to run. I had to get home. I had to see my family again. Some of the guards yelled at me to come back, but I just kept running. I had to get home. I just had to. The last thing I remember is climbing the fence...and then everything went black.
Tom Robinson was shot and killed climbing over the fence. Harper Lee didn't specify reasons why Tom started running, so the reasons given here are of the writer's imagination.