In Chapter 5, what do Jem and Scout think of Miss Maudie?

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Chapter 5 is when readers learn what Jem and Scout have been thinking and feeling about Miss Maudie over a long time; Scout essentially summarizes their relationship. On the most basic level, they like her. On a slightly more complicated level, they treat her as a surrogate mother or grandmother in some ways. They ask her about things (like Boo Radley), and they trust her answers. She gives them things, like some of the cake she baked. And finally, they view her as a precious part of their neighborhood/community. It wouldn't be going too far to say they love her.


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