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What are five important quotes from Chapters 12 and 13 of To Kill a Mockingbird?I'm...

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katherinewalter | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 11, 2012 at 4:43 AM via web

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What are five important quotes from Chapters 12 and 13 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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

Posted May 11, 2012 at 1:13 PM (Answer #1)

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Scout in Love.  Dill has sent Scout a message: He will not be arriving in Maycomb this summer, and Scout is heartbroken that her "permanent fiance" is not there.

... summer was Dill... summer was the swiftness with which Dill would reach up and kiss me when Jem was not looking, the longings we sometimes felt for each other. With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.  (Chapter 12)

First Purchase Church.  Maycomb's black citizens can never completely escape the dominance of the white man. Even their place of faith is compromised. Located in the black section of town known as the Quarters,

     Negroes worhipped in it on Sundays and white men gambled in it on weekdays.  (Chapter 12)

Calpurnia's Black and White Worlds.  Jem and Scout had only seen one side of Cal--that of the faithful Finch housekeeper. But they soon saw a different Cal when they accompanied her to church services in the Quarters.

     That Calpurnia led a modest double life never dawned on me. The idea that she had a separate existence outside our household was a novel one, to say nothing of her having command of two languages.  (Chapter 12)

Aunt Alexandra.  Alexandra's permanent visit was not entirely welcomed by everyone in town.

     Aunt Alexandra fitted into the world of Maycomb like a hand into a glove, but never into the world of Jem and me.  (Chapter 13)

Gentle Breeding.  Aunt Alexandra is a fanatic about family heritage and she badgers Atticus into explaining the importance of "gentle breeding" to the children. But when Scout is reduced to tears during his lecture, Atticus tells them to "Forget it."

     I know now what he was trying to do, but Atticus was only a man. It takes a woman to do that kind of work.  (Chapter 13)

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