Describe Miss Stephanie Crawford from To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Miss Stephanie Crawford is the neighborhood gossip. She makes it a point to know as much as she can about everyone else's business. And she will spread information (and unqualified rumors) as if it is her job. She is mentioned in the first chapter as the one who provided most of the rumors about Arthur 'Boo' Radley to the children. The children let their imaginations run with these rumors, so we can attribute some or most of their monster-like caricatures of Boo to their imaginations. But Miss Stephanie Crawford clearly does not have the whole story, although she presumes to know it all:

So Jem received most of his information from Miss Stephanie Crawford, a neighborhood scold, who said she knew the whole thing.

Scout's impression is that Miss Stephanie Crawford took pleasure in being the one to spread news throughout the town, even if that news was troubling. At the end of Chapter 22, she informs Scout that Bob Ewell had spit on Atticus at the post office:

It as Miss Stephanie's pleasure to tell us: this morning Mr. Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post office corner, spat in his face, and told him he'd get him if it took the rest of his life.



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