Describe the welcome Scout and Jem received when they visited the First Purchase Church in To Kill A Mockingbird?

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schulzie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First Purchase Church was the church attended by Calpurnia, the children's nanny.  Atticus was out of town doing legislative work, so Calpurnia invited the children to attend her church.  They were excited.  There were a number of different reactions when the children arrived at the church, however.  Some of them were respectful,

"...the men stepped back and took off their hats; the women crossed their arms at their waists, weekday gestures of respectful attention." (pg 118)

However, there were some people who were upset by the children's arrival.  Lula, another black woman, demanded to know why Calpurnia was bringing white children to a "nigger" church. 

"You ain't got no business bringin white chillun here --- they got their church, we got ou'n. " (pg 119)

Jem immediately suggested that they leave, but suddenly Scout notices that the black people from the church surrounded them and shut Lula out.  Zeebo then explains to Jem that they are more than welcome and to ignore Lula.  They were escorted into the church, greeted Rev. Sykes, and given a seat of honor on the front pew.


atticus-finch | Student

It truly was a mixed situation. Many, except one, welcomed them with respect. The other person was truly rude to Jem and Scout.

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