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Posted April 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM via iOS

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Who are Alexandra, Jack and Francis, and what is their relationship to Jem and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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

Posted April 9, 2013 at 6:11 PM (Answer #1)

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ALEXANDRA FINCH HANCOCK.  Alexandra is Atticus's older sister, making her the aunt of Jem and Scout. She is also the sister of Jack Finch and grandmother of Francis Hancock. She is married to Jimmy Hancock (the uncle of Jem and Scout); their only son is Henry, father of Francis.

JACK FINCH.  Atticus's younger brother, Jack is a bachelor physician in Boston. Jem and Scout always look forward to seeing their Uncle Jack and hearing his stories at Christmas.

FRANCIS HANCOCK.  The obnoxious Francis is the son of Alexandra and Jimmy's only son, Henry Hancock. "The most boring child I ever met," Francis is a favorite of Alexandra and Scout's sworn enemy. Considering his name, tiny stature, love of fancy clothing, interest in cooking, and the fact that Scout could "split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth," it is clear that Francis is a character whose future includes gender issues.

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