What is courageous about the way Alexandra, Maudie, and Scout behave after they find out that Tom is dead?What is courageous about the way Alexandra, Maudie, and Scout behave after they find out...

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They are courageous because they carry on with their duties despite their grief. In addition, they do not share the news with the ladies' circle--probably the group of townspeople most eager to hear any gossip. Instead, they keep the women and themselves distracted by hosting well. Scout begins to see that her aunt loves her father, is upset by Tom's death, and carries on in order to keep things from getting out of control. For the first time, Scout admires her aunt: "After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I."

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