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Uncle Jack Finch tells Scout that she is growing out of her pants in Chapter 9 of To...
Topic: To Kill a Mockingbird
Uncle Jack Finch tells Scout that she is growing out of her pants in Chapter 9 of To Kill a Mockingbird. What does this mean? Why might he say it?
What does it mean for someone to grow out of their pants? Why would you tell someone they're growing out of their pants?
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Uncle Jack's suggestion to Scout that she is "growing out of her pants" is merely an expression, similar to "getting too big for your britches": She is too cocky and outspoken. Uncle Jack simply means that Scout is growing up and is learning (too quickly, he believes) many adult words and expressions. Jack makes this comment after Scout had cursed earlier in the day and, then, again at the dinner table, when she requests that he "pass the damn ham, please." He instructs her to have a little talk with him afterward, and Jacks attempts to explain to Scout that using words like "damn and hell" is not ladylike. It doesn't have much of an effect, however. When Jack asks "You want to grow up to be a lady, don't you?", Scout responds "not particularly."
Posted by bullgatortail on September 13, 2011 at 7:19 AM (Answer #1)
I interpret this as Uncle Jack's way of telling Scout that she is getting to an age where she can behave as a lady and that, as a lady, she should not be cussing.
Posted by bandgeek07 on October 23, 2011 at 9:17 AM (Answer #2)
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