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rajdarshani | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted May 26, 2011 at 12:01 PM via web

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What does Atticus tell the children about being Finches in Chapter 13 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 26, 2011 at 1:26 PM (Answer #1)

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Since Atticus' sister, Alexandra, is obsessed with the Finch family history, it becomes the main subject of conversation once she moves in to the Finch home. Alexandra becomes upset when Scout disputes the facts about their less-than-illustrious Cousin Joshua St. Clair. Alexandra considers him the most important of all Finches, but according to Atticus (as told by Scout),

"... he went round the bend at the University (of Alabama). Said he tried to shoot the president... said he wasn't anything but a sewer inspector... said it cost the family five hundred dollars to get him out of that one--"

Alexandra gave Atticus an earful about this, so he tried to impress upon Scout and Jem the importance of "gentle breeding."

"You are not run-of-the-mill people... you should try to live up to your name."

But Atticus soon became angry at Scout's inattention, and he yelled at her, causing her to cry. Atticus saw the error of his (and Alexandra's) ways, and he told Scout

"I don't want you to remember it. Forget it... Get more like Cousin Joshua every day, don't I?"


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niallismyleprechaun | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM (Answer #2)

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that they are gay aha


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