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What does Scout mean when she says Mr. Radley "bought cotton"?

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scampton | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2007 at 2:45 AM via web

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What does Scout mean when she says Mr. Radley "bought cotton"?

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

Posted December 9, 2007 at 3:53 AM (Answer #1)

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It simply means that he does nothing for a living.  He might have money coming in from an inheritance or something like that.  While he doesn't do anything for a living, this is quite different from some families in Maycomb, like the Ewells, who live off "the bounty of county," which would be well-fare.

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted December 9, 2007 at 4:26 AM (Answer #2)

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If you think about the lifestyles of those who lived in the south during the time period in which the novel is set, it should be relatively easy to understand that someone who "bought cotton" did nothing for a living.  Those who literally did buy cotton for a living (to sell, etc.) would probably have lived pretty easy lives in the eyes of those who did physical work, such as picking cotton.  To those who were in the fields, it probably seemed that men who spent their days in offices, etc., really did nothing.

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dead-g | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 10, 2008 at 10:53 PM (Answer #3)

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scout means that mr. radley did nothing

 

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