In To Kill a Mockingbird, who is Francis, what's he like, and why did Scout get in trouble?

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rlydon14617 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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Francis is Aunt Alexandra's grandson. We see his character introduced in Chapter 9, when Jem, Atticus and Scout attend Christmas dinner at Aunt Alexandra's. Scout and Francis are a year apart in age and do not get along at all. Francis first gets Scout going when he says this about her friend Dill:"You mean that little runt... Grandma says he hasn't got a home...he just gets passed from relative to relative...You're mighty dumb sometimes, Jean Louise." Francis is merely repeating what he hears his mother saying about the people that Atticus and his family surround themselves with. He continues with, " Guess you don't know any better though...I guess it ain't your fault if Uncle Atticus is a n-lover..." Francis continues his taunts and Scout's temper explodes. It is here that she gives him what he had coming-a good swift punch to the face. Scout, of course, gets blamed for saying things she didn't say and is then later punished by her Uncle Jack.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Francis is Aunt Alexandra's grandson and both Scout and Francis have a conflict during dinner. First he berates her friend and then insults her father which is the breaking point. However, at such a young age the only answer to his rude comments is this is because of his mother and whoever she gossips with. 

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