To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Explain why Scout's comment that "Immediately thereafter, the ladies adjourned for refreshments" is an example of irony?  This is in chapter 24.

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Aunt Alexandra and Scout see the world through two different sets of lenses. When Aunt Alexandra comes to stay with the Finches, we are therefore offered a window into conventional Maycomb patterns of thinking through the eyes of child who sees through hypocrisy.

Aunt Alexandra is part of the the Missionary Circle, raising money to aid the poor in Africa. Yet, ironically, they have no real empathy with the poor people they are helping. They look down on them as inferior beings. Though the Missionary Circle is a Christian organization, the women are not showing a Christian attitude towards others.

The fact that they adjourn immediately for refreshments shows their complete disconnect from the people they are supposed to be helping. If they really felt for the sufferings of people in Africa who are going hungry, they might experience qualms about chowing down right after discussing their problems.

Another irony is that the women are helping Africans when Black people in their own backyard have...

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