In Chapter 4-7, what does Miss Maudie think of the Radleys?

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Miss Maudie thinks highly enough of young Arthur Radley before he became known as "Boo."

"He always spoke nicely to me, know matter what folks said he did. Spoke as nicely as he knew how."

Boo's parents were another matter, however. She defined Boo's father as a "foot-washing Baptist." While Maudie herself was a Baptist,

    "My shell's not that hard, child... Foot-washers believe anything that's pleasure is a sin... sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle... There are just some kind of men who--who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one."


zumba96 | Student

Miss Maudie thinks "Boo" was a nice human being and he always spoke nicely to her. When the kids ask her about all the myths regarding Boo she tells them that he is a nice person and you cannot truly believe everyone. Boo is known as a mockingbird within the book and we come to realize that because of society he was given a bad name when in reality he is simply silent. 

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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