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Why does Scout rub Walter Cunningham's nose in the dirt?

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sarahshere357 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 19, 2010 at 7:42 AM via web

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Why does Scout rub Walter Cunningham's nose in the dirt?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 19, 2010 at 7:49 AM (Answer #1)

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This is because he made her "start off on the wrong foot with her first grade teacher, Miss Caroline.

Scout got in trouble with Miss Caroline partly because she was trying to explain to the teacher why Walter did not have any lunch.  Scout was trying to explain to the teacher that Walter was too poor to have lunch.  Miss Caroline got mad at Scout because of this.

Miss Caroline is mad because (in my opinion) Scout makes her feel like she does not know what she is doing on her first day at this new school.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 19, 2010 at 7:50 AM (Answer #2)

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Scout rubs the Cunningham boy's nose in the dirt because she blames him for getting her into trouble with Miss Caroline.  Scout had told that the boy did not eat lunch because he did not have any money for lunch.  She also tells how his family will not accept handouts from anyone.

Jem sort of saves the day by having Scout ask the young man home for lunch or what the southerners call dinner.  Scout again shows her impudence when she questions Walter about putting syrup on everything at the diner table.

 

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