How are Jem's and Scout's lives different from that lived by their aunt in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Aunt Alexandra lives in the family homestead of Finch's Landing in a rural area 20 miles west of Maycomb. She doesn't get along with her husband, Jimmy, a lazy man who she leaves behind at the Landing when she comes to Maycomb. Her life was probably somewhat lonely there, and her decision to come and live with Atticus probably has something to do with improving her social life. Alexandra quickly became involved with several social groups, and she fit right in with neighbors such as Miss Maudie, Miss Stephanie and Miss Rachel.

Other than having to deal with Alexandra's attempts to refine Scout's feminine ways, and her constant reminders about the honored heredity of the Finch family, "life resumed its daily pace." The children continued to spend most of their time outdoors, and Dill would soon come back to Maycomb to keep them company. Although one of Alexandra's duties was to keep watch on the children once the Tom Robinson trial began, she would find that the children had minds of their own concerning this matter.

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