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unclewander | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 26, 2012 at 7:51 AM via web

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I need three quotes concerning coming of age in To Kill a Mockingbird.

I need specific quotes that characters said in the novel.

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

Posted January 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM (Answer #1)

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The ultimate tomboy, Scout discovers her feminine side when she meets Dill Harris, and they soon become intimate, even spending an innocent night together sharing her bed. But when Scout discovers that Dill won't be coming to Maycomb for the summer, she is "crushed."

The fact that I had a permanent fiance was little compensation for his absence: I had never thought about it, but 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 each other feel. With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.

Scout is constantly harrassed by her Aunt Alexandra about her need to act more ladylike. When she is invited to attend the Missionary Circle tea, Scout dresses in her Sunday best, but the women make several jokes at her expense, especially concerning the whereabouts of her overalls. By the end of the afternoon, Scout realizes that many of these Christian women could use some lessons in etiquette themselves. After Atticus brings the news about Tom's death, she watches how Miss Maudie and Alexandra recompose themselves and go on with the business of serving refreshments. Scout is impressed: It is a real breakthrough and she realizes

... if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I.

Scout's fantasies about Boo Radley finally come true at the end of the novel. She sees him in the flesh, makes small talk with him on the porch swing, and then walks him back to his house. It's another step in the process of becoming a lady.

... if Miss Stephanie Crawford was watching from her upstairs window, she would see Arthur Radley escorting me down the sidewalk, as any gentleman would do.

 

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