Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s highly anticipated follow-up to 1960’s To Kill a Mockingbird, has stirred debate over whether the 89-year-old Lee, who suffered a stroke in 2007, was mentally competent enough to agree to the book’s release; the state of Alabama confirmed that she was. The book is set about 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird (which took place in the 1930s), and features many of the same characters, including, of course, Scout Finch and her father Atticus.
In the lead-up to the publication of the new book, Amazon has released the passages in To Kill a Mockingbird that are most frequently highlighted on Kindle e-readers. Go Set a Watchman will be released on July 14.
- “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
- “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
- “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
- “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
- “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—” “Sir?” “—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”