To Kill a Mockingbird

Jean Louise Finch (Scout) Character Analysis

The novel’s protagonist. Over the course of the novel’s three years, Scout grows from six to nine years old. She’s bright, precocious, and a tomboy. Many neighbors and family members take offense to her love of overalls, though her father, Atticus, defends her right to wear what she wants and doesn’t force her to act like a lady. Scout adores and admires both Atticus and Jem, her older brother, who in her mind know everything there is to know. She finds Atticus in particular far more knowledgeable than her teachers at school, as her teachers take offense to the fact that Scout already knows how to read and write in cursive on the first day of first grade and force her to engage in mindless exercises. She prefers summertime, when she can run around the neighborhood with Jem and their friend Dill, who proposes to Scout at the beginning of their second summer together. Though Scout is just as terrified as Jem and Dill are of their neighbor Boo Radley, she’d rather be cautious about approaching Radley Place and ideally would give it a wide berth, but she often gets roped into Dill and Jem’s plans to somehow force Boo out of the house. When Atticus, a lawyer, agrees to take on the defense of a black man, Tom Robinson, in a rape case, Scout demonstrates her hotheadedness by defending Atticus’s honor against their majority-white community’s vitriol—though she tries her best to follow through with Atticus’s request that she take the moral high ground and not fight back. Scout struggles with her own prejudiced feelings, as when she can’t see the hypocrisy of hating dresses but thinking that boys shouldn’t learn to cook, or when she suggests that Tom Robinson is just a black person, and that it’s therefore normal and expected for people to treat him poorly. When Boo saves Scout and Jem from being attacked by Mr. Ewell (the father of the plaintiff in Robinson’s case) on Halloween night, Scout truly learns the power of putting herself in another’s shoes, as it allows her to see that Boo isn’t scary or evil—he’s merely different, and deserves respect just like anyone else.

Jean Louise Finch (Scout) Quotes in To Kill a Mockingbird

The To Kill a Mockingbird quotes below are all either spoken by Jean Louise Finch (Scout) or refer to Jean Louise Finch (Scout). 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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Chapter 1 Quotes

Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it

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There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (Scout) (speaker)
Page Number: 5-6
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Chapter 3 Quotes

“There's some folks who don't eat like us," she whispered fiercely, "but you ain't called on to contradict 'em at the table when they don't. That boy's yo' comp'ny and if he wants to eat up the table cloth you let him, you hear?”

“He ain't company, Cal, he's just a Cunningham—“

“Hush your mouth! Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo' comp'ny, and don't you let me catch you remarkin' on their ways like you was so high and mighty!”

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (Scout) (speaker), Calpurnia (speaker), Walter Cunningham
Page Number: 27
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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.”

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (Scout) (speaker), Atticus Finch (speaker), Miss Caroline
Page Number: 33
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Chapter 5 Quotes

“There are just some kind of men who—who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”

Page Number: 50
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Chapter 9 Quotes

“If you shouldn't be defendin' him, then why are you doin' it?”

“For a number of reasons,” said Atticus. “The main one is, if I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this county in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again.”

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"Atticus, are we going to win it?"

“No, honey.”

“Then why—”

“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win,” Atticus said.

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (Scout) (speaker), Atticus Finch (speaker), Tom Robinson
Page Number: 86-87
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Chapter 10 Quotes

After my bout with Cecil Jacobs when I committed myself to a policy of cowardice, word got around that Scout Finch wouldn't fight any more, her daddy wouldn't let her.

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (Scout) (speaker), Atticus Finch, Cecil Jacobs
Page Number: 103
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“Remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.

“Your father's right,” she said. “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.”

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (Scout) (speaker), Atticus Finch (speaker), Miss Maudie Atkinson (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Mockingbird
Page Number: 103
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Chapter 11 Quotes

It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.

Page Number: 115-16
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“Atticus, you must be wrong…”

“How's that?”

“Well, most folks seem to think they're right and you're wrong…”

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (Scout) (speaker), Atticus Finch (speaker), Tom Robinson
Page Number: 120
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Chapter 12 Quotes

Lula stopped, but she said, “You ain't got no business bringin' white chillun here—they got their church, we got our'n. It is our church, ain't it, Miss Cal?”

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When I looked down the pathway again, Lula was gone. In her place was a solid mass of colored people.

One of them stepped from the crowd. It was Zeebo, the garbage collector. “Mister Jem,” he said, “we're mighty glad to have you all here. Don't pay no 'tention to Lula, she's contentious because Reverend Sykes threatened to church her. She's a troublemaker from way back, got fancy ideas an' haughty ways—we're mighty glad to have you all.”

Page Number: 136
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Chapter 13 Quotes

Somewhere, I had received the impression that Fine Folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they had, but Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion, obliquely expressed, that the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was.

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (Scout) (speaker), Aunt Alexandra
Page Number: 147
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Chapter 14 Quotes

Dill's eyes flickered at Jem, and Jem looked at the floor. Then he rose and broke the remaining code of our childhood. He went out of the room and down the hall. “Atticus,” his voice was distant, “can you come here a minute, sir?”

Beneath its sweat-streaked dirt Dill's face went white. I felt sick.

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Jem was standing in a corner of the room, looking like the traitor he was. “Dill, I had to tell him,” he said. “You can't run three hundred miles off without your mother knowin'.”

We left him without a word.

Page Number: 159-60
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Chapter 16 Quotes

“Well how do you know we ain't Negroes?”

“Uncle Jack Finch says we really don't know. He says as far as he can trace back the Finches we ain't, but for all he knows we mighta come straight out of Ethiopia durin' the Old Testament.”

“Well if we came out durin' the Old Testament it's too long ago to matter.”

“That's what I thought," said Jem, “but around here once you have a drop of Negro blood, that makes you all black.”

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (Scout) (speaker), Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem) (speaker), Uncle Jack
Page Number: 184
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Chapter 19 Quotes

“The way that man called him 'boy' all the time an' sneered at him, an' looked around at the jury every time he answered— … It ain't right, somehow it ain't right to do 'em that way. Hasn't anybody got any business talkin' like that—it just makes me sick.”

Page Number: 226
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Chapter 22 Quotes

“They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it—seems that only children weep.”

Page Number: 243
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Chapter 24 Quotes

“Oh child, those poor Mrunas,” she said, and was off. Few other questions would be necessary.

Mrs. Merriweather's large brown eyes always filled with tears when she considered the oppressed. “Living in that jungle with nobody but J. Grimes Everett,” she said. “Not a white person'll go near 'em but that saintly J. Grimes Everett.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Grace Merriweather (speaker), Jean Louise Finch (Scout)
Page Number: 263
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Chapter 25 Quotes

[Jem] was certainly never cruel to animals, but I had never known his charity to embrace the insect world.

“Why couldn't I mash him?” I asked.

“Because they don't bother you,” Jem answered in the darkness. He had turned out his reading light.

Related Characters: Jean Louise Finch (Scout) (speaker), Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem) (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Mockingbird
Page Number: 273
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Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men's hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed.

Related Symbols: The Mockingbird
Page Number: 275-76
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Chapter 31 Quotes

A boy trudged down the sidewalk dragging a fishing-pole behind him. A man stood waiting with his hands on his hips. Summertime, and his children played in the front yard with their friend, enacting a strange little drama of their own invention.

It was fall, and his children fought on the sidewalk in front of Mrs. Dubose's [...] Fall, and his children trotted to and fro around the corner, the day's woes and triumphs on their faces. They stopped at an oak tree, delighted, puzzled, apprehensive.

Winter, and his children shivered at the front gate, silhouetted against a blazing house. Winter, and a man walked into the street, dropped his glasses, and shot a dog.

Summer, and he watched his children's heart break. Autumn again, and Boo's children needed him.

Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.

Page Number: 320-21
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“When they finally saw him, why he hadn't done any of those things…Atticus, he was real nice…” His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me. “Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.” He turned out the light and went into Jem's room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.

Page Number: 322-23
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Jean Louise Finch (Scout) Character Timeline in To Kill a Mockingbird

The timeline below shows where the character Jean Louise Finch (Scout) appears in To Kill a Mockingbird. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Scout explains that when her brother, Jem, was 13, he broke his arm. Many years later,... (full context)
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Scout and Jem love Atticus, but their cook, Calpurnia, is a mystery. Since Scout’s mother died... (full context)
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...siding, and then races back to the safety of his own porch with Dill and Scout behind him. The children notice a small movement in the window. (full context)
Chapter 2
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Dill returns home to Mississippi in early September. Scout is miserable until she remembers that she starts school in a week. Jem agrees to... (full context)
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At recess, Jem finds Scout, and Scout explains her predicament. Jem assures her that Miss Caroline is introducing a new... (full context)
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...refuses Miss Caroline’s offer of a quarter to eat downtown, to be paid back later. Scout notices that despite his poverty, Walter is clean and tidy. Someone hisses for Scout to... (full context)
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Atticus explained to Scout then that Mr. Cunningham was hit hard by the stock market crash but doesn’t want... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Scout finds and beats Walter in the schoolyard until Jem pulls her off. She explains the... (full context)
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After lunch, Scout tells Atticus that Calpurnia is horrible and asks him to fire her. Atticus stonily refuses,... (full context)
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Scout races past the Radley Place that afternoon, feeling as gloomy as the house. She decides... (full context)
Chapter 4
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The rest of Scout’s school year proceeds much like her first day. She can’t help but think she’s missing... (full context)
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On the last day of school, Jem and Scout get out early. They discuss Dill’s impending arrival and as they pass the Radley Place,... (full context)
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...smell death at the Radley Place. They argue over whether Hot Steams are real and Scout insults Jem’s courage. Scout suggests they roll in the tire, which Jem and Dill agree... (full context)
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Scout runs on wobbly legs back to Jem and Dill and then argues with Jem about... (full context)
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The play draws from neighborhood gossip. Dill plays villains, and for once Scout gets a good part when she plays the judge. Jem steals Calpurnia’s scissors daily so... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Scout nags Jem about their game and they stop playing it so much, though Jem does... (full context)
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...hates her house. She spends her day gardening and her evenings dressed beautifully. She tells Scout that nut-grass is the only weed she ever kills and allows Scout to inspect her... (full context)
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Miss Maudie explains that Arthur just stays in the house. Scout wants to know why, so Miss Maudie explains that Mr. Radley was a “foot-washing Baptist.”... (full context)
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Scout tells Miss Maudie about the rumors surrounding Boo, but Miss Maudie insists they all came... (full context)
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The next morning, Dill and Jem rope Scout into joining them to give Boo Radley a note by dropping it through a broken... (full context)
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...pole is too short, so Jem struggles to get the note close to the window. Scout is looking down when the bell rings. She whips around expecting to see Boo, but... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Atticus allows Jem and Scout to go sit by Miss Rachel’s fish pool with Dill the night before he leaves.... (full context)
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...in the back of the Radley Place and creep to the back porch. Jem and Scout boost Dill up so he can look in the window, but he only sees curtains.... (full context)
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...won Jem’s pants in a game of strip poker, which the adults seem to buy. Scout has no idea what strip poker is. Miss Rachel shrieks about children gambling on her... (full context)
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Dill is comforted, but Jem still has no pants. Before they say goodbye, Dill kisses Scout and bawls, asking them to write. On the sleeping porch later, Scout and Jem barely... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Jem says nothing for a week and Scout tries to take Atticus’s advice and put herself in Jem’s skin. She reasons that she’d... (full context)
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Jem assures Scout that school gets better, especially in sixth grade. In October, they find white soap carvings... (full context)
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Jem isn’t able to fix the watch but asks Scout if they should write a letter to whomever’s leaving them things. They argue about whether... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...indicates that when children disobey, smoke cigarettes, and fight, the seasons change, so Jem and Scout feel guilty for causing themselves and everyone else discomfort. Mrs. Radley dies over the winter... (full context)
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Back in their yard, Jem fetches laundry hampers of dirt and leads Scout in sculpting a mud man. At first the figure looks like Miss Stephanie, but Jem... (full context)
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...the snow stops, and it freezes. Calpurnia declines Atticus’s offer to stay the night and Scout goes to sleep cold. She wakes up confused when Atticus shakes her. She hears a... (full context)
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Scout watches the Abbottsville fire truck arrive and spew water on her house and on Miss... (full context)
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Scout and Jem sleep until noon, when Calpurnia wakes them and sends them to clean up... (full context)
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...bloody hands. He suggests she hire a black man to help and offers his and Scout’s help for free. Miss Maudie reminds Jem that he has his own yard to attend... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Things began to get difficult for Scout. Atticus forbids Scout from fighting, but Cecil Jacobs makes her forget this when he announces... (full context)
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...defending a black man named Tom Robinson, and some believe that he shouldn’t defend Tom. Scout asks why he took the case then, and Atticus insists that he had to in... (full context)
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Christmas is a mixed bag for Jem and Scout. On the plus side, Uncle Jack visits for a week. On the downside, they have... (full context)
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...arrives on the train with two long packages, pecks Atticus on the cheek, and shows Scout and Jem pictures of his cat. He insists she’s getting fat because she eats leftover... (full context)
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At Finch’s Landing, the children exchange gifts and Jem leaves Scout to entertain Francis. They discuss what they got for Christmas. Francis got clothes—just what he... (full context)
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Scout admits that she and Dill are engaged, which makes Francis laugh—according to him, Dill’s family... (full context)
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At home, Scout locks herself in her room and tries to keep Uncle Jack from coming in to... (full context)
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Later, when Scout gets up for water, she stops in the hallway and listens to Uncle Jack tell... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Scout and Jem are disappointed that Atticus, at 50, is older than their classmates’ parents and... (full context)
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Miss Maudie sends Scout home, so the construction crew doesn’t crush her. Scout finds Jem’s attempts to shoot tin... (full context)
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On Saturday, Scout and Jem take their air rifles out, but just past the Radley Place, Jem spots... (full context)
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...is just twitching, not running, so they decide to wait for him to get closer. Scout is terrified—she thought that mad dogs foamed at the mouth and lunged at people’s throats,... (full context)
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...Jem tries to talk to Atticus, but he can’t formulate words. Atticus warns Jem and Scout to stay away from the body, and Miss Maudie calls Atticus “One-Shot Finch.” (full context)
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...shooting when he realized he had an unfair advantage over other living things. She tells Scout that people in their right minds don’t take pride in their talents as they watch... (full context)
Chapter 11
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By the time Scout is in the second grade, tormenting Boo Radley is a thing of the past and... (full context)
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...so he decides to buy a miniature train for himself and a twirling baton for Scout. Mrs. Dubose hurls insults at the children, terrifying Scout, but Jem keeps his composure until... (full context)
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Scout and Jem don’t meet Atticus that evening. When Atticus arrives home with the broken baton... (full context)
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...that Jem must do this for the whole month that Mrs. Dubose requested. On Monday, Scout accompanies Jem to Mrs. Dubose’s house. Jessie lets them in. The house is dark and... (full context)
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...smile, Mrs. Dubose tells Atticus that it’s 5:14, and the alarm is set for 5:30. Scout realizes that they’ve been staying a little longer at Mrs. Dubose’s every day and that... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Seemingly overnight after Mrs. Dubose’s death, Jem becomes moody and starts telling Scout what to do, including to act like a proper girl. Calpurnia assures Scout that Jem... (full context)
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Scout heads for the kitchen. Calpurnia asks what to do about church this week. Scout points... (full context)
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Reverend Sykes leads Calpurnia, Scout, and Jem to the front pew. Calpurnia gives dimes to Scout and Jem, telling them... (full context)
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Outside, Jem and Scout chat with Reverend Sykes. He mentions that Atticus is very kind and Scout asks why... (full context)
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Jem comments that this is why Calpurnia doesn’t talk like the other black people, and Scout realizes that she’s never thought of Calpurnia leading a double life and speaking two languages.... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...of other families, since the Finches are related to almost everyone in Maycomb. She confuses Scout by insisting that fine folks are fine because they’ve been landowners for a long time.... (full context)
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Scout explains that, to a degree, Aunt Alexandra is right: Maycomb is an old town that... (full context)
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Before bed, Atticus finds Scout and Jem. He awkwardly tells them that Aunt Alexandra wants them to know that they’re... (full context)
Chapter 14
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In town, Scout and Jem hear lots of muttered comments about the Finch family. Scout hears one that... (full context)
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Upstairs, Jem gravely asks Scout to not annoy Aunt Alexandra. This angers Scout, but Jem insists that they need to... (full context)
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As she gets into bed, Scout steps on something that she thinks feels like a snake. She asks Jem to come... (full context)
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...him to stay. Aunt Alexandra sends the children to bed and since things seem okay, Scout and Dill decide to be civil to Jem. Scout wakes up in the middle of... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...and Jem screams that the phone is ringing. The men in the yard scatter and Scout sees that it’s her neighbors. Atticus comes inside, turns the living room light on, and... (full context)
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...Underwood, the owner of the Maycomb Tribune who never leaves his linotype. Atticus shares with Scout that they’ve moved Tom to the Maycomb jail. At suppertime, Atticus comes in carrying an... (full context)
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...think it makes Maycomb look respectable and like there are no black people around. Jem, Scout, and Dill notice a light outside the jail. They see Atticus sitting under it, reading.... (full context)
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...asks very calmly if the men think that changes anything. Knowing that this means business, Scout races to Atticus, hoping to surprise him. She falters when she sees fear in his... (full context)
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Scout turns to Atticus, whose face is pressed against the jail wall. Suddenly tired, she asks... (full context)
Chapter 16
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After quietly sneaking into the house and going to bed, Scout realizes what happened. She remembers Atticus preparing to shoot Tim Johnson and begins to sob.... (full context)
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Scout says that she thought Mr. Cunningham was their friend. Atticus says that he is. Mr.... (full context)
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Scout, Dill, and Jem go across the street to see if Miss Maudie is going to... (full context)
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Scout asks what a mixed child is. Jem says they’re half black, half white, and don’t... (full context)
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Scout gets separated in the crowd and finds herself in the middle of the Idlers’ Club,... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Scout tries to ask Jem about the Ewells, but he turns her attention to Mr. Tate’s... (full context)
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Scout thinks all of this seems boring. Judge Taylor calls Bob Ewell to the stand as... (full context)
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...father. Judge Taylor tells Mr. Ewell to not speak like that in his courtroom, but Scout doesn’t think Mr. Ewell gets it. When asked to tell his version of events, he... (full context)
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Jem excitedly whispers that Mr. Ewell is going down. Scout doesn’t agree. She understands that Atticus is making the case that Mr. Ewell could’ve beaten... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Mayella takes the stand. Scout can tell that Mayella tries but fails to keep clean, and she thinks of the... (full context)
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Atticus takes over questioning. He calls Mayella “miss” and “ma’am,” which offends her. Scout is flabbergasted and Judge Taylor assures Mayella that Atticus is just being polite. Atticus builds... (full context)
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...to identify her rapist, so she points at Tom. Atticus asks Tom to stand, and Scout sees that Robinson’s left arm is a foot shorter than his right, with a shriveled... (full context)
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Judge Taylor calls for a 10-minute break. Mr. Underwood snorts when he sees Scout, Jem, and Dill in the balcony. Scout knows that there are finer points to the... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Scout realizes that Mayella must be the loneliest person in the world and is probably lonelier... (full context)
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Dill starts to cry uncontrollably, so Jem sends him out with Scout. Outside, they greet Mr. Deas and sit under an oak tree. Dill says that he... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Mr. Raymond invites Dill to have a drink to settle his stomach. Scout knows he’s evil and that Atticus and Aunt Alexandra will be unhappy, but she follows... (full context)
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Scout notes that according to Atticus, cheating a black man is worse than cheating a white... (full context)
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...vest and collar and remove his coat. He only ever loosens clothing at bedtime, and Scout and Jem are horrified. He addresses the jury like he might address friends and says... (full context)
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...and come to the right choice. He implores the jury to believe Tom. Dill points. Scout sees Calpurnia heading for Atticus. (full context)
Chapter 21
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...asks Judge Taylor to go, since his children are missing, but Mr. Underwood interjects that Scout, Jem, and Dill are in the balcony. The children head downstairs and Jem excitedly announces... (full context)
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Jem, Scout, and Dill return to find that the jury is still out, and few people moved.... (full context)
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Scout starts to feel the same way she did in February, when the street closed up,... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Jem cries angrily as he, Dill, and Scout find Atticus outside. He says that it’s not right and Atticus agrees. At home, Aunt... (full context)
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...and forgets. Aunt Alexandra deems this observation cynical and unbecoming, so Jem leads Dill and Scout outside. They see Miss Stephanie talking to Mr. Avery and Miss Maudie. Miss Maudie yells... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...herself to dramatically tell the story of Mr. Ewell spitting in Atticus’s face. Jem and Scout don’t think it’s entertaining—they’re terrified. They try several tactics to try to get Atticus to... (full context)
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A few weeks later, Atticus discuss Tom’s case with Scout and Jem. He explains that Tom is at a prison farm 70 miles away, and... (full context)
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...but Atticus insists there’s little risk—a man who’s a little uncertain is a good bet. Scout wants to know this Cunningham’s relationship to Mr. Cunningham. Atticus says they’re double first cousins,... (full context)
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Scout feels good about defending Walter at school and declares that she’s going to invite Walter... (full context)
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Scout studies Jem, who’s getting taller and leaner. He shows her hair growing on his chest,... (full context)
Chapter 24
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One Sunday late in August, Jem and Dill swim naked at Barker’s Eddy, leaving Scout with Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandra’s missionary circle. She sits in the kitchen and listens to... (full context)
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Miss Maudie asks Scout where her pants are and Scout says they’re under her dress, not meaning to joke.... (full context)
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Mrs. Merriweather speaks poorly of desegregation efforts as Scout thinks that if she were the Governor of Alabama, she’d let Tom go. She remembers... (full context)
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...believe black people deserve a fair trial are trusting Atticus to do the right thing. Scout starts shaking. Miss Maudie tells her to stop and insists they need to return to... (full context)
Chapter 25
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One September evening, Jem makes Scout put a pill bug outside rather than squish it. He insists that the bug isn’t... (full context)
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...how it’s a sin to kill disabled people. He likened it to senselessly killing songbirds. Scout was confused, since Tom received due process, but then she realized that Tom was always... (full context)
Chapter 26
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School starts. Scout seldom sees Jem, since he’s in 7th grade and stays out late carrying water for... (full context)
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One week during Scout’s current events period, Cecil Jacobs brings in an article about how Hitler is persecuting Jewish... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...on a carnival. Mrs. Merriweather composes a pageant about Maycomb County’s agricultural products and casts Scout to play the part of a ham. The local seamstress makes Scout a costume out... (full context)
Chapter 28
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The weather is unusually warm, but there’s no moon. Scout and Jem are no longer afraid of Boo Radley, but they laugh about the silly... (full context)
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Backstage, Scout discovers that someone smashed her costume. Mrs. Merriweather fixes it and shoves Scout inside. Scout... (full context)
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Jem grabs the hock end of the ham to help steady Scout in the dark. Scout realizes she forgot her shoes, but they see the auditorium lights... (full context)
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Jem stops Scout and softly asks if she can take off her ham costume. She can’t, so they... (full context)
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Scout hears a man breathing heavily and pulling something to the road. She begins to look... (full context)
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Mr. Tate arrives as Dr. Reynolds leaves, and he and Scout enter Jem’s room. Atticus explains that Dr. Reynolds put Jem out to keep him comfortable.... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Scout thinks that Atticus looks somehow old. Mr. Tate asks to look at Jem’s injuries while... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Atticus corrects Scout and blandly introduces her to Arthur Radley. Embarrassed, Scout runs to Jem’s bedside and notices... (full context)
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Scout watches in fascination as Mr. Tate and Atticus argue. She’s not quite sure what exactly... (full context)
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...dead, and he won’t stand for people making a fuss over the person who saved Scout and Jem. He declares once more that Mr. Ewell fell on his knife and drives... (full context)
Chapter 31
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Boo stands and coughs. Scout leads him to Jem’s room so he can say goodnight. Scout takes Boo’s hand, leads... (full context)
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Scout stands on the front porch and looks out. She stands in front of the window... (full context)
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Scout feels old on her walk home. She knows that Jem will be furious he missed... (full context)
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Scout falls asleep and wakes when Atticus nudges her with his toe. She mutters the gist... (full context)