In Chapter 5, what do we learn of the character of Maudie Atkinson?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Above all, we find that Miss Maudie is a good friend of Jem and Scout, one who allows them "free run" of her yard and always shares her special talent:

She made the best cakes in the neighborhood.

She always findw time to spend with Scout, and Scout must have felt quite comfortable with her since they "would often sit silently on the porch." She refuses to gossip about Boo Radley and discourages Scout from doing so. She has an excellent sense of humor, as related by Scout's story of her long relationship with Jack Finch. And she thinks even more highly of Atticus, who she claims is the "same in his house as he is on the public streets."

She hates her house and prefers the outdoors, where she tends to her flowers and lawn.

She loved everything that grew in God's earth, even the weeds.

... except for nut grass, whose appearance she treats like "the Second Battle of the Marne."

She knows the Gospel but is not highly religious. She always seems to speak what is on her mind--"crisp for a Maycomb County inhabitant." She has "an acid tongue in her head," but she never directs it toward Scout or Jem--only on those whose actions truly warrant it.

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nerazzurro | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

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if i remember well, i think she was the lady scout started spending afternoons with and she is the one that talks about boo radley with scout. she sais that everything stephanie crowford (the gossipy neighbour that sais things about boo radley and that said boo once came in her window while she was sleeping) sais is made up...

that's all i can remember... hope it helped a bit!!!

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