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To Kill A Mockingbird

weather: partly sunny
outside: 18°C
mood: pensive
I caught the Gregory Peck/Mary Badham version from 1962 on TV late Saturday evening and into Sunday morning. I was going to rent it, but hey, free is good.

I did the novel study in Grade 8 or 9. I did very poorly. It was interesting and infuriating at the same time to have a visual of a story that almost had me failing English for no other reason than the fact that my teacher couldn't be arsed to do her job.

We did the obligatory Act Out One Scene in front of the class thing. My group got the trial scene. I wanted so badly to play the part of Atticus AND Mayella: Atticus because he was just the coolest person alive to point out Bob Ewell's left-handedness; Mayella because it was an interesting, emotionally wrought part. I knew both parts and I got a kick out of screaming and crying with the Mayella part in rehearsals. But I chose Atticus in the end. If they weren't interacting in the same scene together, I would have fought to do both.

I have to say, I was bang-on with the Mayella I had prepared, at least as Collin Wilcox Paxton played it.

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