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who are the Mrunas and who is J. Everett Grimes?

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brebre011 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2007 at 11:06 AM via web

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who are the Mrunas and who is J. Everett Grimes?

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 1, 2007 at 11:19 AM (Answer #1)

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When Aunt Alexandra meets with her missionary circle, Mrs. Merriweather talks about J. Grimes Everett, who is a missionary working with "those poor Mrunas." This is  a tribe of people living in Africa for "not a white person'll go near'em but that saintly J. Grimes Everett." Harper Lee's satire is cutting here, for the "good" women pretend to worry about the black Mrunas while having no respect for the black people of her own community. In addition, her attitude is not caring but condescending and paternalistic. Note the way Lee names the missionary "J. Grimes," so that his name says something about his personality--that it is "grimy."

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