Mrs. Dubose is a hateful older woman who is constantly berating Jem, Scout, and Atticus. She is particularly disapproving of Atticus's defense of Tom Robinson, an African American man accused of raping a white woman. She tells Scout that when Scout grows up, she (Scout) will wait on tables at the O.K. Cafe, a seedy joint in town. She is critical of Scout because Scout wears overalls and does not dress in a ladylike way. Mrs. Dubose says, “Not only a Finch waiting on tables but one in the courthouse lawing for niggers!” She feels that the Finch family has become degraded by Atticus's willingness to defend Tom Robinson and predicts that Scout will have a dismal future. Later, when she asks Jem if he will try to grab her flowers and tear them out by the roots next time, he mutters a response to her under his breath. She replies, “Don’t you mutter at me, boy! You hold up your head and say yes ma’am. Don’t guess you feel like holding it up, though, with your father what he is.” She again criticizes the Finch family for Atticus's defense of Tom Robinson, which Mrs. Dubose finds shameful. Mrs. Dubose thinks that a genteel white family like the Finches should never stoop so low as to disturb the existing racial order.