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mel135 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted November 23, 2008 at 11:46 AM via web

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What are some descriptive phrases about the houses, buildings and other physical details of the town? Add details about where the people live.

How does Lee physically describe the houses, buildings and places where people live throughout the novel?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted November 26, 2008 at 6:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Maycomb is described as a "tired old town" where rain turned the streets to "red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square."  Bony mules "flicked flies in the sweltering shad of the live oaks," and people "ambled across the square."

The Radley's house was once "white with a deep front porch and green shutters, but had long ago darkened to the color of the slate-gray yard around it."  Another description of their house said that "rain-rotted shingles drooped over the eaves of the veranda."

The best description of Mrs. Dubose's house is in her room where there was "a marble-topped washstand by her bed; on it were a glass with a teaspoon in it, a read ear syringe, a box of absorbent cotton, and a steel alarm clock standing on three tiny legs."

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