Go Set a Watchman

Jean Louise Finch Character Analysis

The novel’s main protagonist, an intelligent, stubborn, twenty-six-year-old woman from Maycomb, Alabama. Jean Louise, along with her brother Jem, was raised by her father Atticus and their black housekeeper Calpurnia. Growing up, Jean Louise was a rough tomboy who went by the nickname “Scout.” She then attended a womens’ college and now is trying to work as an artist in New York City. She idolizes her father and bases her conscience around the strong moral principles he taught her growing up. Jean Louise isn’t afraid to speak her mind when she disagrees about something, and she still doesn’t act like Aunt Alexandra’s idea of a proper Southern lady. The novel is the story of her visit back to Maycomb from New York City, and her disillusionment with the changes in the town and the things she learns about her father and her likely husband-to-be, Hank Clinton.

Jean Louise Finch Quotes in Go Set a Watchman

The Go Set a Watchman quotes below are all either spoken by Jean Louise Finch or refer to Jean Louise Finch. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Part 1, Chapter 3 Quotes

Henry is not and never will be suitable for you. We Finches do not marry the children of rednecked white trash, which is exactly what Henry’s parents were when they were born and were all their lives. You can’t call them anything better. The only reason Henry’s like he is now is because your father took him in hand when he was a boy, and because the war came along and paid for his education. Fine a boy as he is, the trash won’t wash out of him.

Related Characters: Alexandra Finch (Aunt Alexandra) (speaker), Jean Louise Finch, Atticus Finch, Henry Clinton (Hank)
Page Number: 36
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Part 2, Chapter 5 Quotes

Henry said, “Were you serious a minute ago when you said you didn’t like your world disturbed?”
“Hm?” She did not know. She supposed she was. She tried to explain: “It’s just that every time I’ve come home for the past five years—before that, even. From college—something’s changed a little more…”

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (speaker), Henry Clinton (Hank) (speaker)
Page Number: 75
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Part 3, Chapter 8 Quotes

Mr. O’Hanlon was born and bred in the South, went to school there, married a Southern lady, lived all his life there, and his main interest today was to uphold the Southern Way of Life and no niggers and no Supreme Court was going to tell him or anybody else what to do… a race as hammer-headed as… essential inferiority… kinky woolly heads… still in the trees… greasy smelly… marry your daughters… mongrelize the race… mongrelize… save the South… back to Africa…
She heard her father’s voice, a tiny voice talking in the warm comfortable past. Gentlemen, if there’s one slogan in this world I believe, it is this: equal rights for all, special privileges for none.

Related Characters: Atticus Finch (speaker), Grady O’Hanlon (speaker), Jean Louise Finch
Page Number: 108
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She walked down the steps and into the shade of a live oak. She put her arm out and leaned against the trunk. She looked at Maycomb, and her throat tightened: Maycomb was looking back at her.
Go away, the old buildings said. There is no place for you here. You are not wanted. We have secrets.

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch
Page Number: 111
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She felt herself turning green with nausea, and she put her head down; try as she might she could not think, she only knew, and what she knew was this:
The one human being she had ever fully and wholeheartedly trusted had failed her; the only man she had ever known to whom she could point and say with expert knowledge, “He is a gentleman, in his heart he is a gentleman,” had betrayed her, publicly, grossly, and shamelessly.

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch
Page Number: 113
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Part 3, Chapter 9 Quotes

She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father. She never questioned it, never thought about it, never even realized that before she made any decision of importance the reflex, “What would Atticus do?” passed through her unconscious; she never realized what made her dig in her feet and stand firm whenever she did was her father; that whatever was decent and of good report in her character was put there by her father; she did not know that she worshipped him.

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch, Atticus Finch
Page Number: 117
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Part 4, Chapter 12 Quotes

What was this blight that had come down over the people she loved? Did she see it in stark relief because she had been away from it? Had it percolated gradually through the years until now? Had it always been under her nose for her to see if she had only looked?

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (speaker), Atticus Finch, Alexandra Finch (Aunt Alexandra), Henry Clinton (Hank)
Page Number: 150
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“Thanks, but Scout’ll run me down later.”
His use of her childhood name crashed on her ears. Don’t you ever call me that again. You who called me Scout are dead and in your grave.

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (speaker), Atticus Finch (speaker), Henry Clinton (Hank)
Page Number: 151
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Jean Louise sat in the car, staring at the steering wheel. Why is it that everything I have ever loved on this earth has gone away from me in two days’ time? Would Jem turn his back on me? She loved us, I swear she loved us. She sat there in front of me and she didn’t see me, she saw white folks. She raised me, and she doesn’t care.
It was not always like this, I swear it wasn’t. People used to trust each other for some reason, I’ve forgotten why. They didn’t watch each other like hawks then. I wouldn’t get looks like that going up those steps ten years ago. She never wore her company manners with one of us… when Jem died, her precious Jem, it nearly killed her…

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (speaker), Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem), Calpurnia
Page Number: 161
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Part 5, Chapter 13 Quotes

“Jean Louise, nobody in Maycomb goes to see Negroes any more, not after what they’ve been doing to us. Besides being shiftless now they look at you sometimes with open insolence, and as far as depending on them goes, why that’s out.
“The NAACP’s come down here and filled ‘em with poison till it runs out of their ears… You do not realize what is going on. We’ve been good to ‘em, we’ve bailed ‘em out of jail and out of debt since the beginning of time, we’ve made work for ‘em when there was no work, we’ve encouraged ‘em to better themselves, they’ve gotten civilized, but my dear—that veneer of civilization’s so thin that a bunch of uppity Yankee Negroes can shatter a hundred years’ progress in five….”

Related Characters: Alexandra Finch (Aunt Alexandra) (speaker), Jean Louise Finch, Calpurnia
Page Number: 166
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She answered: please believe me, what has happened in my family is not what you think. I can say only this—that everything I learned about human decency I learned here. I learned nothing from you except how to be suspicious.

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (speaker)
Page Number: 178
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Blind, that’s what I am. I never opened my eyes. I never thought to look into people’s hearts, I looked only in their faces. Stone blind… Mr. Stone. Mr. Stone set a watchman in church yesterday. He should have provided me with one… I need a watchman to tell me this is what a man says but this is what he means, to draw a line down the middle and say here is this justice and there is that justice and make me understand the difference. I need a watchman to go forth and proclaim to them all that twenty-six years is too long to play a joke on anybody, no matter how funny it is.

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (speaker), Atticus Finch, Mr. Stone
Page Number: 181-182
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Part 5, Chapter 14 Quotes

The South’s in its last agonizing birth pain. It’s bringing forth something new and I’m not sure I like it, but I won’t be here to see it. You will. Men like me and my brother are obsolete and we’ve got to go, but it’s a pity we’ll carry with us the meaningful things of this society—there were some good things in it.

Related Characters: Dr. John Hale Finch (Uncle Jack) (speaker), Jean Louise Finch, Atticus Finch
Page Number: 200
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Jean Louise, I want you to listen carefully. What we’ve talked about today—I want to tell you something and see if you can hook it all together. It’s this: what was incidental to the issue in our War Between the States is incidental to the issue in the war we’re in now, and is incidental to the issue in your own private war.

Related Characters: Dr. John Hale Finch (Uncle Jack) (speaker), Jean Louise Finch
Page Number: 201
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Part 6, Chapter 16 Quotes

“I’m only trying to make you see beyond men’s acts to their motives. A man can appear to be a part of something not-so-good on its face, but don’t take it upon yourself to judge him unless you know his motives as well…”
Jean Louise said, “Are you saying go along with the crowd and then when the time comes—”
Henry checked her: “Look, honey. Have you ever considered that men, especially men, must conform to certain demands of the community they live in simply so they can be of service to it?”

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (speaker), Henry Clinton (Hank) (speaker)
Page Number: 230
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Part 6, Chapter 17 Quotes

“Have you ever considered that you can’t have a set of backward people living among people advanced in one kind of civilization and have a social Arcadia?”
“…Of course I know that, but I heard something once. I heard a slogan and it stuck in my head. I heard ‘Equal rights for all; special privileges for none,’ and to me it didn’t mean anything but what it said. It didn’t mean one card off the top of the stack for the white man and one off the bottom for the Negro, it—”

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (speaker), Atticus Finch (speaker)
Page Number: 242
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“Atticus, the NAACP hasn’t done half of what I’ve seen in the past two days. It’s us.”
“Us?”
“Yes sir, us. You. Has anybody, in all the wrangling and high words over states’ rights and what kind of government we should have, thought about helping the Negroes?”

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (speaker), Atticus Finch (speaker)
Page Number: 245
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“Then let’s put this on a practical basis right now. Do you want Negroes by the carload in our schools and churches and theaters? Do you want them in our world?”
“They’re people, aren’t they? We were quite willing to import them when they made money for us.”
“Do you want your children going to a school that’s been dragged down to accommodate Negro children?”
“The scholastic level of that school down the street, Atticus, couldn’t be any lower and you know it. They’re entitled to the same opportunities anyone else has, they’re entitled to the same chance—”

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (speaker), Atticus Finch (speaker)
Page Number: 245-246
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“You sowed the seeds in me, Atticus, and now it’s coming home to you—”
“Are you finished with what you have to say?”
She sneered. “Not half through. I’ll never forgive you for what you did to me. You cheated me, you’ve driven me out of my home and now I’m in a no-man’s-land but good—there’s no place for me any more in Maycomb, and I’ll never be entirely at home anywhere else.”

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (speaker), Atticus Finch (speaker)
Page Number: 248
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“How they’re as good as they are now is a mystery to me, after a hundred years of systematic denial that they’re human. I wonder what kind of miracle we could work with a week’s decency.
“There was no point in saying any of this because I know you won’t give an inch and you never will. You’ve cheated me in a way that’s inexpressible, but don’t let it worry you, because the joke is entirely on me. You’re the only person I think I’ve ever fully trusted and now I’m done for.”

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (speaker), Atticus Finch
Page Number: 252
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Part 7, Chapter 18 Quotes

Every man’s island, Jean Louise, every man’s watchman, is his conscience. There is no such thing as a collective conscious… now you, Miss, born with your own conscience, somewhere along the line fastened it like a barnacle onto your father’s. As you grew up, when you were grown, totally unknown to yourself, you confused your father with God. You never saw him as a man with a man’s heart, and a man’s failings—I’ll grant you it may have been hard to see, he makes so few mistakes, but he makes ‘em like all of us. You were an emotional cripple, leaning on him, getting the answers from him, assuming that your answers would always be his answers.

Related Characters: Dr. John Hale Finch (Uncle Jack) (speaker), Jean Louise Finch, Atticus Finch
Page Number: 265
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“You’re color blind, Jean Louise,” he said. “You always have been, you always will be. The only differences you see between one human and another are differences in looks and intelligence and character and the like. You’ve never been prodded to look at people as a race, and now that race is the burning issue of the day, you’re still unable to think racially. You see only people.”

Related Characters: Dr. John Hale Finch (Uncle Jack) (speaker), Jean Louise Finch
Page Number: 270
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“You may not know it, but there’s room for you down here.”
“You mean Atticus needs me?”
“Not altogether. I was thinking of Maycomb.”
“That’d be great, with me on one side and everybody else on the other. If life’s an endless flow of the kind of talk I heard this morning, I don’t think I’d exactly fit in.”
“That’s the one thing about here, the South, you’ve missed. You’d be amazed if you knew how many people are on your side, if side’s the right word. You’re no special case. The woods are full of people like you, but we need some more of you.”
… “What on earth could I do? I can’t fight them. There’s no fight in me any more…”
“I don’t mean by fighting; I mean by going to work every morning, coming home at night, seeing your friends.”

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (speaker), Dr. John Hale Finch (Uncle Jack) (speaker), Atticus Finch
Page Number: 272
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Part 7, Chapter 19 Quotes

“You may be sorry, but I’m proud of you.”
She looked up and saw her father beaming at her…
“Well, I certainly hoped a daughter of mine’d hold her ground for what she thinks is right—stand up to me first of all.”

Related Characters: Atticus Finch (speaker), Jean Louise Finch
Page Number: 277
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Part 1, Chapter 1
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It is sometime a little after 1954. The twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch takes the train from New York (where she has been living and working as an... (full context)
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The train crosses the Chatahoochee River into Alabama, and Jean Louise thinks about her family. She remembers the story of her relative Cousin Joshua Singleton St.... (full context)
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Jean Louise admires the landscape and wonders why she never used to consider it beautiful. She tells... (full context)
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The conductor passes the station and then stops, just as Jean Louise predicted. She is surprised to see that her father, Atticus, isn’t waiting for her as... (full context)
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Jean Louise gets into the car (which is Atticus’s) and jokes about its automatic transmission. Hank asks... (full context)
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Hank considers Atticus to be like his father, but doesn’t think of Jean Louise as his sister. He went away to war and the University and started dating Jean... (full context)
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Jean Louise and Hank flirt, and then Hank stops the car and seriously asks her to marry... (full context)
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Jean Louise apologizes to Hank and he remarks that she, unlike most women, can’t hide her feelings... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 2
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...Alexandra offered to live with Atticus when his arthritis got bad, and he didn’t want Jean Louise to stay at home and be miserable, so he accepted. (full context)
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Hank and Jean Louise arrive and Jean Louise greets Atticus excitedly. They all sit down and Jean Louise asks... (full context)
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Atticus then asks Jean Louise what she’s heard about “what’s going on” in the South regarding integration and the Supreme... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 3
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Jean Louise and her Aunt Alexandra have vastly different worldviews, and this has often led to quarrels... (full context)
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...who is very proper and proud. She doesn’t realize just how deeply she can affect Jean Louise with her guilt trips and disapproving comments. Their last real fight was after Jem’s funeral.... (full context)
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Aunt Alexandra had already planned out how Jean Louise could spend her time in Maycomb. Jean Louise argued with her until Alexandra declared that... (full context)
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Jean Louise helps Alexandra do dishes and looks around, admiring Atticus’s new house and thinking that he... (full context)
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Aunt Alexandra tells Jean Louise that she is giving a “Coffee” for her on Monday. This involves inviting over the... (full context)
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Jean Louise suggests that she might want to marry Hank, but now Aunt Alexandra strongly disapproves. Alexandra... (full context)
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Aunt Alexandra declares that Hank will never be suitable to marry Jean Louise , because “fine a boy as he is, the trash won’t wash out of him.”... (full context)
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Jean Louise gets ready for her date with Hank, and talks to Atticus, who is reading in... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 4
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...about making lots of money fast. Many of the older people dislike the change, and Jean Louise also can’t help disapproving of her hometown becoming different. During their date, she and Hank... (full context)
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Jean Louise apologizes for being coy, but says she is wary of marrying the wrong man after... (full context)
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Jean Louise bumps her head getting into the car and curses at it. Hank says she’s not... (full context)
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Hank drives Jean Louise to get drinks and then they start driving again. Jean Louise isn’t used to liquor... (full context)
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Jean Louise starts to doze and Hank watches her, feeling that she belongs to him. Ever since... (full context)
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Jean Louise starts reminiscing and the scene changes to a flashback of her childhood. It is summer,... (full context)
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Jean Louise , Jem, and Dill act out a scenario in which Jem rescues Dill from a... (full context)
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Jean Louise , Jem, and Dill decide to have their own revival in Dill’s yard (he stays... (full context)
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...“taking the Lord’s name in vain.” She orders Dill into the house and Jem and Jean Louise decide to go home. They are horrified to see that Reverend Moorehead is in their... (full context)
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...over the meal, Reverend Moorehead asks God to watch out for these misbehaving “motherless children.” Jean Louise looks up and sees tears running down Atticus’s face, and she is worried that he’s... (full context)
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Hank interrupts Jean Louise ’s reminiscing. He asks if she thinks Dill will ever come back to Maycomb, and... (full context)
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There are 366 steps leading down to Finch’s Landing, and Hank and Jean Louise start to descend. Hank reminds her that they’re trespassing, as the Finches sold the last... (full context)
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Hank asks her about this, and Jean Louise says she wants Maycomb to stay the same, even though she knows she’d go crazy... (full context)
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Hank repeats his offer of marriage, and tells Jean Louise that he plans on running for the local legislature. She is surprised, and Jean Louise... (full context)
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Jean Louise threatens to push Hank into the water, and he threatens to take her with him... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 6
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Aunt Alexandra wakes up Jean Louise the next morning, saying that she just heard a rumor that Jean Louise and Hank... (full context)
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It is Sunday, and so the family goes to church. Aunt Alexandra disapproves of Jean Louise ’s attire as usual. Uncle Jack, the brother of Atticus and Alexandra, is waiting for... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 7
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At church Jean Louise feels comfortable, like she’s really back home. Hank passes around the collection plate and winks... (full context)
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...Lord said unto me, / Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.” Jean Louise can’t pay attention to the sermon because she’s still distracted by the change in the... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 8
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...to get Atticus for a “meeting” at the courthouse, and he solidifies his plans with Jean Louise for that night, despite Aunt Alexandra’s disapproval. Atticus leaves with Hank. Jean Louise goes into... (full context)
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Jean Louise goes to throw the pamphlet in the trash, but Aunt Alexandra stops her. She says... (full context)
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Jean Louise leaves the house immediately, planning on going to the courthouse and figuring out what’s going... (full context)
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Jean Louise is surprised to see that the town is almost deserted, and then realizes that everyone... (full context)
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...County without holding any public office, taking advantage of others’ poverty to keep his power. Jean Louise knows that Atticus would normally never even speak to Willoughby, but now they are sitting... (full context)
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...tersely introducing the speaker for today, a man named Grady O’Hanlon. Mr. O’Hanlon rises and Jean Louise can immediately tell that he is an average citizen who quit his job and now... (full context)
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Mr. O’Hanlon’s speech keeps going, growing even more vicious and offensive, and Jean Louise starts sweating and panicking to see Atticus and Hank sitting to either side of him,... (full context)
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Jean Louise steps outside and looks around at the town in the harsh light of the sun.... (full context)
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The man at the ice cream shop recognizes Jean Louise , but she doesn’t recognize him. She buys a scoop of vanilla and he promises... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 9
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...himself, had two children, and found his wife dead of a congenital heart defect when Jean Louise was two. Atticus was then left at forty-eight to raise his children, with only the... (full context)
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...teaching them to read early and letting them read whatever he was reading. Jem and Jean Louise went with him wherever he went, even when he traveled on business. Jean Louise had... (full context)
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Atticus sent Jean Louise to a womens’ college in Georgia, and then told her to move away and learn... (full context)
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Aunt Alexandra is waiting for Jean Louise when she gets home, and she is very disapproving of Jean Louise going into town... (full context)
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The narrative now jumps back to when Jean Louise was in sixth grade. Some new students from Old Sarum join the grade, and all... (full context)
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The next day Jean Louise can’t play her usual rough games with the boys because of her cramps, so she... (full context)
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...pregnant and had to leave school. The rumors are that her father was the father. Jean Louise is confused by this, and the other girls make fun of her. They tell her... (full context)
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Jean Louise doesn’t know much about “adult morals,” but she does know that to become pregnant without... (full context)
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Jean Louise finally learns that pregnancies last nine months, and so she calculates the day that she... (full context)
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Jean Louise finally confesses that she is going to have a baby tomorrow, and then explains the... (full context)
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Jean Louise realizes that this conversation is the first time Calpurnia has referred to her as “ma’am,”... (full context)
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Back in the present, Jean Louise wakes up. She has a minute of peace and hopefulness as she smokes her first... (full context)
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Jean Louise suddenly decides to mow the lawn, and she gets the mower out of the garage... (full context)
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Jean Louise finally looks at Atticus and finds herself surprised to see that his appearance hasn’t changed... (full context)
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...told the sheriff Atticus wouldn’t take the case, but Atticus says he will take it. Jean Louise feels suddenly relieved, like maybe the day before was just a bad dream and Atticus... (full context)
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...should take the case to avoid it falling into the hands of the NAACP lawyers. Jean Louise asks him to explain, and Atticus says that black NAACP lawyers are looking for black-on-white... (full context)
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Jean Louise can’t believe that Atticus won’t help Calpurnia’s grandson. He used to be willing to do... (full context)
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Jean Louise goes back into the living room. Atticus calls her “Scout,” and the nickname is painful... (full context)
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Jean Louise buys groceries and the storeowner, Mr. Fred, gives her a free Coke as he always... (full context)
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Jean Louise brings the groceries home, avoiding speaking to Atticus. Then she drives to the edge of... (full context)
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Jean Louise goes into Calpurnia’s room and notes how small and frail she looks in her chair.... (full context)
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...now, and says “keeping a nigger happy these days is like catering to a king.” Jean Louise silently leaves the room, wondering if there’s something wrong with her, because it seems so... (full context)
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...“Perennial Hopefuls,” girls whom everyone likes but also pities because they never found a man. Jean Louise tries to talk to one of them, Sarah Finley. She remembers asking Sarah to play... (full context)
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Jean Louise makes awkward small talk and then goes into the kitchen to help Aunt Alexandra. She... (full context)
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...many times Zeebo has been married. Hester tells a joke about her black housekeeper, which Jean Louise finds not at all funny—she wonders if she has lost her sense of humor. Hester... (full context)
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Women at the Coffee ask Jean Louise “how’s New York?” and she doesn’t know how to answer. She thinks about the city... (full context)
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Jean Louise talks to one woman, Claudine McDowell, about Claudine’s brief, typical visit to New York. Claudine... (full context)
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Jean Louise wonders if she really is blind in a way. She thinks that she needs a... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 14
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When the Coffee is finally over, Jean Louise goes to visit Uncle Jack. His house is disorderly and full of books. Uncle Jack... (full context)
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Uncle Jack examines Jean Louise like she’s a medical anomaly, and says she’s making a bad mistake if she thinks... (full context)
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Uncle Jack delves back deeper in history, asking Jean Louise about the old South before the Civil War. He asks why all those independent Southern... (full context)
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Jean Louise tries to catch up with Uncle Jack’s reasoning, and argues that the War ended a... (full context)
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Jean Louise calls Uncle Jack a “cynical old man,” but Jack counters that he just has a... (full context)
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...up anything he can to defend himself, even if that thing is a citizens’ council. Jean Louise gets angry at these evasive answers. (full context)
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Uncle Jack tells Jean Louise to look in the mirror, and when she continues to be frustrated he seems to... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 15
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Jean Louise goes back to Mr. Cunningham’s ice cream shop, and he gives her a free scoop... (full context)
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Jean Louise starts to reminisce, and she remembers when she was back in grammar school and invited... (full context)
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Jean Louise then realizes in a panic that she doesn’t know how to dance. Atticus suggests she... (full context)
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Jean Louise and Hank arrive at their high school gymnasium and everyone is impressed by Jean Louise’s... (full context)
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Hank assures Jean Louise that no one saw, but she insists on being taken home. Finally Hank just pulls... (full context)
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...names of the Maycomb students who are now at war. Hanging over the words are Jean Louise ’s false bosoms. (full context)
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Jean Louise is torn about whether she should confess or not, and how to explain that this... (full context)
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Jean Louise goes to submit her confession and finds Mr. Tuffett angry to receive it. She then... (full context)
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Jean Louise returns suddenly to the present, feeling disillusioned and disconnected from all of the people in... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 16
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Jean Louise goes to Atticus’s office and talks to Hank. He is going out, and she walks... (full context)
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Hank first makes light of this, but Jean Louise firmly declares that she doesn’t love him anymore. Hank is clearly hurt, and he asks... (full context)
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Jean Louise angrily interrupts until Hank quiets her. He talks about the Ku Klux Klan, saying that... (full context)
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Jean Louise asks if this means just going along with the crowd, and Hank says that men... (full context)
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Hank says that Jean Louise has special privileges because she is a Finch—she can break some of Maycomb’s rules and... (full context)
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Jean Louise starts walking away angrily and Hank follows her, pleading. He asks what she expects him... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 17
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Atticus sends Hank away, and Jean Louise realizes that they are standing in the spot (outside his office) where Jem died. She... (full context)
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Jean Louise decides to not argue with Atticus, but just to tell him her thoughts and then... (full context)
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Jean Louise knows that Atticus is keeping the conversation in safe territory, so she keeps talking. She... (full context)
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Though Jean Louise had started this conversation with the idea of not arguing, and then escaping to New... (full context)
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...advanced as white civilization, and so forcing these two civilizations together will lead to trouble. Jean Louise answers with Atticus’s own words: “Equal rights for all; special privileges for none.” Atticus goes... (full context)
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Atticus says that Jean Louise is being inconsistent by attacking the Supreme Court but also defending equal rights for blacks.... (full context)
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Jean Louise argues that actually helping black people has been left out of this ideological debate. She... (full context)
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Atticus says that he’s trying to make Jean Louise understand his position. Nothing has convinced him to change it in his seventy-two years, but... (full context)
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Atticus asks Jean Louise how she could have grown up in Maycomb and not understand all this. Jean Louise... (full context)
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Jean Louise tells Atticus that everything she learned she got from him, and that he should only... (full context)
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Jean Louise can tell that Atticus is still a “gentleman” no matter what, but she keeps going... (full context)
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...asked to, and that his views are sadistic and not typical of the citizens’ council. Jean Louise says that in real life Atticus has never treated black people any differently from white... (full context)
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Jean Louise suggests what might happen if the South had a “Be Kind to the Niggers Week,”... (full context)
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Atticus responds with “well, I love you.” Jean Louise gets angrier, declaring that she’s leaving and never wants to see another Finch again. She... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 18
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Jean Louise drives home, feeling distraught beyond words. She is especially heartbroken by Atticus’s refusal to fight... (full context)
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Jean Louise has never seen Aunt Alexandra cry, and it cuts through her anger to see her... (full context)
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Uncle Jack asks Jean Louise to stop and listen to him, and she curses at him. Suddenly he strikes her... (full context)
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...before and “it takes it out of you.” He has a drink and then tells Jean Louise that he knows about her talk with Atticus. He agrees to be straightforward with her... (full context)
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Jean Louise admits that everything feels more bearable now, and she’s less upset. Uncle Jack tells her... (full context)
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Uncle Jack goes on: because of this, when Jean Louise saw Atticus doing something contradictory to her conscience (like sitting at the citizens’ council), it... (full context)
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Jean Louise realizes that this is why Atticus only answered her curses with calm and loving phrases.... (full context)
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Uncle Jack tells Jean Louise that she and Atticus are very similar, actually, except that she is a bigot and... (full context)
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...letting people do what they please, as long as they aren’t actively hurting each other. Jean Louise starts to feel guilty for cursing so viciously at her father, but Jack says it... (full context)
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Uncle Jack tells Jean Louise that she’s “color blind,” so she cannot think in racial terms even now that race... (full context)
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Uncle Jack tells Jean Louise to take him home and to then pick up Atticus. Jean Louise feels like she... (full context)
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Uncle Jack suggests that Jean Louise should think about moving back to Maycomb, as the town needs her. She is apprehensive,... (full context)
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Jean Louise asks Uncle Jack why he took so much trouble over her today, and he says... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 19
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Jean Louise goes to Atticus’s office. Hank is still at his desk, and she greets him and... (full context)
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Jean Louise thinks about how she tried to “destroy” Atticus and all of Maycomb, when they are... (full context)
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Jean Louise tells Atticus “I think I love you very much.” She sees him, “her old enemy,”... (full context)