In To Kill a Mockingbird, when Miss Maudie baked a cake, what would she do for Jem, Scout, and Dill?
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When Miss Maudie baked a cake, she also would bake three little cakes, one for each of the children. It was just another way that Maudie communicated her love and respect for them, even though they were "just kids." When Jem grew older, the time came when Miss Maudie baked only two little cakes, one for Scout and one for Dill. Jem's dessert came from the big cake, Maudie's way of recognizing that he was no longer a child. It was not by accident that Maudie made this significant change the morning after Tom Robinson had been convicted. She knew how crushed Jem especially had been by this injustice. Watching the jury return their terrible verdict had introduced Jem to a painful adult reality unknown to him until that time. Maudie was very much in tune with Jem's feelings and showed it by baking three cakes that morning instead of four.
She baked them three small cakes. (this becomes important later in the book) Later, she shares the large cake with them, a sign that they grew up.
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