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What were the first two things Aunt Alexandra does when she goes to the Finch house in...

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evanescencein... | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 23, 2009 at 5:56 AM via web

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What were the first two things Aunt Alexandra does when she goes to the Finch house in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Are these typical of her or not?

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

Posted November 23, 2009 at 8:47 AM (Answer #1)

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    Aunt Alexandra invites herself to come to Maycomb and take care of Jem and Scout while Atticus prepares for the Tom Robinson trial in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus fails in his attempts to convince his sister to stay at Finch's Landing and that Calpurnia is capable of taking care of them all. As Jem, Scout and Calpurnia return from a Sunday at the First Purchase A.M.E. Church, Jem cries out to look at "the porch yonder." Thinking he means the Radley porch, Scout half expects to finally see Boo there. But, he means their own porch, where Aunt Alexandra sits rocking "as if she had sat there every day of her life."

    "Put my bag in the front room, Calpurnia," was the first thing Aunt Alexandra said. "Jean Louise, stop scratching your head" was the second thing she said.

    Neither of these remarks should come as a surprise, since Alexandra's bossiness is a lifelong habit. She later makes it clear that Calpurnia is no longer needed in the household now that she has arrived. Additionally, Aunt Alexandra always seems to make a comment about Scout's unladylike ways.

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hjzhou | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 16, 2013 at 9:16 PM (Answer #3)

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"Put my bag in the front room, Calpurnia," was the first thing Aunt Alexandra said. "Jean Louise, stop scratching your head" was the second thing she said.

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tali101 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM (Answer #2)

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The first two remarks by Aunt Alexandra are typical. They are typical of her because not only is she always bossy, she always points out the different social classes and feels superior to most. She has a prejudiced and condescending attitude towards the Finch's black maid, Calpurnia, and as usual comments of Scout's unladylike ways.

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