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Aunt Alexandra says this to Scout when Scout asks her if it’s alright to invite Walter Cunningham over. Aunt Alexandra has some good qualities but those are overshadowed by her insistence on maintaining the structure of social classes. She tries to supplement Atticus’ ‘we are all equal’ liberal philosophy with her own conservative viewpoints and her insistence on the family protecting its stature in the community by keeping their distance from the poor and less educated families. Scout initially doesn’t listen to Aunt Alexandra because of her reluctance to ‘act like a lady’ but she also perceives hypocrisy and direct contradiction to what Atticus has taught. Scout struggles with the idea. At the end of Chapter 23, Jem tells Scout that people must be different because if they were all the same, they would all get along. This begs the question; are people inherently different or are they treated differently based on other factors: social class, income, skin color, family name.
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