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Atticus's sister, Alexandra, is a gossip who is obsessed with the importance of the heritage of the people of Maycomb County. Scout discovers when Alexandra comes to live with them that her aunt is nearly equal to Miss Stephanie Crawford's own gossiping skills. Aunt Alexandra
... was an incurable gossip...
and she quickly became fast friends with Miss Stephanie. They
... had long visits... consisting mostly of Miss Stephanie shaking her head and saying, "Uh, uh, uh."
Alexandra judged everyone around her by their family upbringing, declaring that there were "Fine Folks," families with "streaks," and some--like the Finches--who were brought up through "gentle breeding."
I never understood her preoccupation with heredity.
Alexandra felt that the Finches were at the top of Maycomb's hereditary hierarchy, and some people, like Walter Cunningham Jr., were not fit to associate with Jem and Scout.
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