Miss Maudie Quotes

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e-martin's profile pic

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In the summer time, Miss Maudie calls out to Jem, Scout and Dill from her porch when she has made cakes for them, calling the children by name and telling them to "come here!" 

This is a rather familiar, if not entirely motherly, thing to do. 

Also, Miss Maudie sits with Scout on nights early in the book when Jem and Dill are spending time in their tree house.

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Miss Maudie imparts great wisdom and exemplifies her sound values when, after the burning of her house, she replies to Scout's question, "You ain't grievin' Miss Maudie?"

"Grieving, child?  Why, I hated that old cow barn.  Thought of settin' fire to it a hundred times myself, except they'd lock me up....Don't you worry about me, Jean Louise Finch.  There are ways of doing things you don't know about.  Why, I'll build me a little house and take me a couple of roomers and--gracious, I'll have the finest yard in Alabama.  Those Bellingraths'll * look plain puny when I get started."

*The Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile are resplendent: 65 acres of 250,000 azalea bushes and more than 10,000 plants and flowers.

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Miss Maudie treats Jem and Scout as if they are young adults, and she is disgusted at the ridiculous gossip in town, even among her peers. When the "foot-washing Baptists" come by and scorn her for tending to her flowers, she does not wilt or feel condemned; instead she quotes Scripture right back at them. That is the epitome of independence, it seems to me. Page numbers are not particularly helpful here because different editions have different page numbers. 

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Miss Maudie was a "chameleon lady who worked in her flower beds in an old straw hat and men's coveralls, but after her five o'clock bath she would appear on the porch and reign over the street in magisterial beauty."

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"She still took a lively and cordial interest in Jem's and my affairs." She doesn't think about herself and tries to not show how upset she really is. 

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