Describe the relationship between Scout and Miss Maudie Atkinson.

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Miss Maudie is like a mother figure to Scout. Scout enjoys visiting with Miss Maudie particularly when the boys get a little older and begin doing boy things that she can't be a part of. Miss Maudie imparts Scout with wisdom especially in regard to Atticus. Maudie makes clear that Atticus always has the best intentions for his children AND that he is the moral and upstanding character that the town looks toward to do the right thing.

Although near the beginning of the story it seems as if Miss Maudie is a neighbor the kids enjoy taunting, by the end we see a relationship developed enough between Maudie and Scout that only gestures are necessary to communicate. This is clear at the Missionary Society Tea as folks who would like to criticize Atticus or mock Scout don't get away with it as Maudie gives terse but polite reactions in defense or a squeeze of Scout's hand as if to say, "keep your emotions under control". Although Maudie could never be a mother to Scout, she certainly teaches Scout some things about being a woman and respecting her father that Atticus just can't teach on his own. Maudie is a true mentor.

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