To Kill A Mockingbird Setting Quotes

What are some quotes that describe key settings in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Historical setting, community setting, examples of the Finch house.

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HISTORICAL SETTING.  Maycomb was 20 miles east of Finch's Landing, and it's location was "awkwardly inland for such an old town." It was built around Sinkfield Tavern, whose owner bribed a team of surveyors to

... adjust the center of the county to meet his requirements.

Though Maycomb could brag about its "solid buildings, courthouse proud" and its wide streets,

... the ultimate wisdom of Sinkfield's maneuver is open to question. He placed the young town too far away from the only kind of public transportation in those days--river-boat--and... As a result the town remained the same size for a hundred years, an island in a patchwork sea of cottonfields and timberland. 

COMMUNITY SETTING.  The town in which the Finches live, Maycomb, is the county seat of Maycomb County. It is located in southern Alabama, near the Alabama River.

     Maycomb was an old town... a tired old town... In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square...
... There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. 

Most of the town's business are located across from the courthouse square.

THE FINCH HOUSE.  "We lived on the main residential street in town," though it is never specifically named. The Finch house is located three doors north of the Radley Place, which borders the elementary and high schools. Scout's home has a separate "car house" and a treehouse in the back yard. It has four bedrooms, with fireplaces in each room. Miss Rachel Haverford is their next door neighbor to the north, and Miss Stephanie Crawford and Miss Maudie Atkinson live across the street. The house is located about 10 houses south of the courthouse square. 


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