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Being children and discussing the things children understand like children do puts Mr. Cunningham in Atticus' shoes for a minute at the jail that night when Cunningham went down to rough Robinson up in chapter 15.
As Scout talked about her relationship with Walter and what she knew about his entailment Cunningham saw humanity. He saw that Atticus had two sweet kids that got him through his workday. That's what we all do as parents. We work to provide what we can for our children. Cunningham could relate to the same in his own life and realized that he did not want to take anything away from Atticus, a man who has done many a kind turn for Cunningham in the past.
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