What aspect of Mr. Raymond's reputation do the children find to be false in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

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katemschultz | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Dill and Scout leave the courtroom when Dill is having trouble understanding why Mr. Gilmer, the Ewells' lawyer, is being so condescending to Tom.  When outside the courthouse, the children are approached by Dolphus Raymond.  Mr. Raymond has the reputation of being the town drunk and living with the colored people.  Scout and Dill find out that Mr. Raymond does not drink alcohol out of his brown paper sack, but Coca-Cola.  Mr. Raymond confides in them that the town couldn't understand his lifestyle if he were sober, so he lets everyone think he's drunk so they have an excuse for they way he lives.  The children realize that Mr. Raymond is not a lousy drunk, but a man that wants to live his life how he chooses without others judging him.

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"Here," he said, offereing Dill his paper sack with straws in it." "Scout, it's nothing but Coca-Cola." Mr. Raymond acts like he's drinking alcohol, but he really drinks Coca-Cola

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