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Why did Calpurnia request Scouts presence in the kitchen?

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dmob200 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 10, 2010 at 9:11 AM via web

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Why did Calpurnia request Scouts presence in the kitchen?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 10, 2010 at 9:15 AM (Answer #1)

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I think you are talking about the moment when Scout criticized Walter Cunningham for putting too much syrup on his food.

Calpurnia wanted to point out that it was inappropriate to criticize company and that we should respect all people's ways. Fortunately for Scout, Cal chose to do this privately. This is why she called Scout into the kitchen. She tried to scold Scout for this behavior privately. This may have been done to respect Scout or to protect Walter's feelings. Maybe it was done for both reasons. Whatever the reason, it all shows that Calpurnia is sensitive to all people's feelings.

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