In the second part of the novel, Jem and Scout certainly learn of racial prejudice as Tom Robinson is unjustly accused and charged with physical assault upon Mayella Ewell. Outside the courthouse, Dill becomes sick and cries; he is upset that Mr. Gilmer has interrogated Tom in the hostile manner that he has. Having observed Dill, Mr. Dolphus Raymond observes from behind a tree,
“Things haven’t caught up with that one’s instinct yet…Maybe things’ll strike him as being–not quite right, say, but he won’t cry, not when he gets a few years on him…..
“Cry about the simple hell people give other people–without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they’re people, too.”