To Kill a Mockingbird

Walter Cunningham’s father. A year before the novel begins, Atticus helps Mr. Cunningham with some legal issues, and as a Cunningham, Mr. Cunningham is unable to pay Atticus with money. Instead, he pays with foodstuffs and firewood. Atticus thus insists that although Cunninghams may be poor, they’re honorable. Later, he’s part of the mob that tries to antagonize Atticus for taking on Tom Robinson’s court case, but shamefully retreats after Scout asks him about Walter.
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Mr. Cunningham Character Timeline in To Kill a Mockingbird

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Cunningham appears in To Kill a Mockingbird. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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Atticus explained to Scout then that Mr. Cunningham was hit hard by the stock market crash but doesn’t want a WPA job since... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...Jem pulls her off. She explains the situation to Jem, who realizes that Walter is Mr. Cunningham ’s son, invites Walter for lunch, and assures him that Scout won’t jump him. Jem... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...man in the groin. The men mutter. Scout looks for a friendly face and recognizes Mr. Cunningham . She asks about his entailment and about Walter, which makes him look uncomfortable. Remembering... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Scout says that she thought Mr. Cunningham was their friend. Atticus says that he is. Mr. Cunningham, he insists, has blind spots,... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...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, which Scout can’t make sense of. (full context)