“Don’t fool yourselves–it’s all adding up and one of these days we’re going to pay the bill for it” (252)
Wise old Atticus. It the full context of the quote, he’s talking about how the blacks are being mistreated, and that they aren’t going to stand much more of it any longer, and that it’s going to blow up. If this is 1930ish, then in a short 34 years, the Civil Rights Act will be passed, “that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”
Atticus foresaw, that trouble was brewing, and also in the book, he says something like, “I just hope it doesn’t happen in your children’s time.” Meaning, he knows it’s going to be one heck of a ride, especially for the south, and he hopes his kids don’t have to deal with it. It was a pretty tough time, one of violence and extreme racism.
Another interesting thing I found out, Harper Lee most likely predicted it. The book was published in 1960, 4 years before the Civil Rights Act was passed.