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Please provide quotes and/or dialogue describing the appearance of Miss Caroline in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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In chapter two, Scout attends her first day of school and describes her young, first-grade teacher by saying,

Miss Caroline was no more than twenty-one. She had bright auburn hair, pink cheeks, and wore crimson fingernail polish. She also wore high-heeled pumps and a red-and-white striped dress. She looked and smelled like a peppermint drop (Lee, 16).

Despite Miss Caroline's attractive appearance, she is depicted as a rigid, inflexible school teacher, who is more concerned about following the curriculum instead of facilitating her students' natural abilities. Miss Caroline is also portrayed as an outsider, who hails from Winston County, which is a region full of Liquor Interests, big business, and Republicans. Miss Caroline proceeds to read a story about talking cats to her class, which bores the majority of the children, who don't understand or appreciate the story. Scout writes,

Miss Caroline seemed unaware that the ragged, denim-shirted and floursack-skirted first grade, most of whom had...

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