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How does Scout solve her problem with Walter Cunningham in chapter 3?

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nuttynu | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 19, 2007 at 1:40 PM via web

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How does Scout solve her problem with Walter Cunningham in chapter 3?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 19, 2007 at 6:55 PM (Answer #1)

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Scout gets into trouble on her first day of school. She attempts to get Miss Caroline to understand Walter by explaining the quirks an inadequacies of the "Cunningham's". This gets her into further trouble, and she takes her frustration out on Walter by rubbing his nose in the dirt.

Jem tries to smooth things over by inviting Walter home for lunch. Scout is rude to Walter during lunch, making fun of his eating habits, and Calpurnia lectures her. She tells Scout that she should not think Finches are better than Cunningham's, and that a guest in their home is a guest, regardless of class distinctions.

Atticus reinforces this idea when Scout complains to him about Calpurnia.

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