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When Miss. Maudie tells Jem "things are never as bad as they seem" in Chapter 22 when Jem is upset about the trial.
"His colored friends for one thing, and people like us. People like Judge Taylor. People like Mr. Heck Tate. Stop eating and start thinking, Jem. Did it ever strike you that Judge Taylor naming Atticus to defend that boy was no accident? That Judge Taylor might have had his reasons for naming him?".......
"You think about that," Miss Maudie was saying. "It was no accident. I was sittin' there on the porch last night, waiting. I waited and waited to see you all come down the sidewalk, and as I waited I thought, Atticus Finch won't win, he can't win, but he's the only man in these parts who can keep a jury out so long in a case like that. And I thought to myself, well, we're making a step-it's just a baby-step, but it's a step."
"That's something you'll have to take up with your father," Miss Maudie said.
Miss Maudie is explaining that there are a lot of good people in the world and that positive changes are occuring. Judge Taylor appointed Atticus because he knew he could handle the job. She says they are taking "baby steps" toward change.
When refering to baby steps, she (Miss Maudie) also tells Jem not to focus on the bigger defeat, and to think about all the little positive steps that are being taken.
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