In "To Kill a Mockingbird" even though Scout faces punishment from both her and her Uncle Jack, what does she do to Francis?

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The answer to this question can be found in chapter nine, as the Finch family is forced to go visit the old place and socialize with the distant relatives.  Unfortunately for Scout, Francis is one of those relatives.  She can't stand Francis; in fact, she refers to him as "the most boring child I ever met."  This particular visit, however, wasn't quite as boring as usual.  Francis starts tormenting Scout about her father taking on the case of a black man.  Scout has already gotten in trouble over fighting people who have teased her about this, and she tries to be good, for a while.  At first, she just chases him around, and tries to corral him a bit, but as soon as he calls her a "nigger-lover," she loses control.  She says that

"this time, I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth.  My left impaired, I sailed in with my right."

So, she hits him right on the teeth, and starts wailing on him before the family has to jump in and tear her off of him.  She does get in trouble, even receiving a lecture from the usually fun-loving Uncle Jack.  Scout's temper is something that she will have to learn to control, and unfortunately this time, she didn't win that battle.  I hope that helped; good luck!

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