Why did Scout rub Walter Cunningham's nose in the dirt?
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Because he was involved in her getting in trouble that day in school. Because he wouldn't explain himself, Scout did, only to get shamed in the process.
Scout rubbed Walter Cunningham's nose in the dirt because she blames him for getting in trouble on her first day at school.
When Scout's teacher, Miss Caroline, offers to give Walter lunch money because he doesn't have any, Scout explains that he won't be able to pay her back, and that he won't take the money. The Cunninghams are a proud family who refuse to take charity.
Miss Caroline becomes upset and frustrated with Scout's explanation and slaps her hand with a ruler. As a result, Scout rubs Walter's nose in the dirt for starting her off on the wrong foot with the teacher.
Jean Louise Finch, “Scout”, blames her mishaps that morning on Walter Cunningham. There was an incident when Miss Caroline, the school teacher, offered a quarter to Walter for lunch. Scout tried to explain to Miss Caroline that the Cunningham’s didn’t borrow money because they had no money to pay the debt back. Her explanation was lost on the teacher, and after several other issues Scout was involved in, caused her to get her hand smacked as punishment. These events, eventually lead to her transference towards Walter.
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