Atticus and Mr. Cunningham have a business relationship, but also a friendship. The Cunningham's were poor farmers. Friends help each other out in times of need. In chapter 2 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout shares that Mr. Cunningham was one of Atticus' clients and he was unable to pay him. Jem and Scout are curious on how Mr. Cunningham will pay Atticus for his legal services in dealing with Cunningham's entailment. Atticus received payment in stovewood, hickory nuts, and turnip greens. In chapter 16, Atticus states that "Mr. Cunningham is a good man."