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In the course of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout, also known as Jean Louise Finch, ages two years. In Chapter 26, Scout is in the third grade.
Now a bit older, she relates that she is no longer terrified at having to walk past the Radley house (244).
Also, even though her brother Jem and she herself are only in seventh and third grade, respectively, she regards Jem and herself as "a gentleman and a lady" (247).
When Scout's teacher asks what the word "democracy" means, Scout has a ready answer that is wise beyond her eight years of age: "Equal rights for all, special privileges for none" (248).
Finally, what Scout hears about Hitler's persecution of the Jews in Europe leads her to make a connection with the treatment of African Americans in her own society. Scout is puzzled why her teacher Miss Gates can be so indignant about Hitler's treatment of the Jews, but make prejudicial statements about the African Americans in their own town.
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