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In Chapter 12 of To Kill a Mockingbird, what is "lining" ("linin' ")?

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timid1995 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted November 13, 2011 at 2:48 AM via web

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In Chapter 12 of To Kill a Mockingbird, what is "lining" ("linin' ")?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 13, 2011 at 3:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Since most of the African-American congregation of the First Purchase A. M. E. Church is illiterate, there is no need to purchase hymn books since they would not be able to read them. (The congregation is also too poor to afford such an expensive purchase even if they could be read.) So, when it comes time to sing a hymn, the congregation resorts to "linin' " instead. Zeebo, Calpurnia's son (who has been educated) reads each line first; then the congregation repeats what he has said in harmony. This is repeated before and after each line of the hymn.

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rozo711 | eNoter

Posted November 13, 2011 at 8:53 AM (Answer #2)

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basically it is when one person sings a line of a song, then the rest of the congregation repeats it. they do this in calpurnias church because few people can read.

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