Jem cries. He can't understand how the jury could convict Tom. Atticus says they've done it before and they'll do it again and only the children will weep.
Weeping innocent children is a condemnation of the wickedness and weakness of adults.
The next morning, the Finches wake to discover that the black community of Maycomb has brought them baskets of food in thanks for Atticus's defense of Tom.
Though Atticus lost the case, the black community understands the risk he took standing up to racism.
That afternoon, Jem tells Miss Maudie he used to think the people of Maycomb were the best people in the world, but no longer does. Miss Maudie says the trial was a step in the right direction, and that there are good people in Maycomb. For instance, it's no coincidence Judge Taylor appointed Atticus to take Tom's case.
It's not just people who deserve their dignity. Maycomb does as well. Most of Maycomb's citizens prefer safety to confronting moral inequality, but some fight the good fight, and the town is slowly changing. It's good and bad.
Suddenly Miss Stephanie Crawford runs up with gossip: Bob Ewell just threatened Atticus and spit in his face.
Everyday small-town gossip returns, though with a dark edge.