In To Kill a Mockingbird, speaking of "good but misguided people in this town" who is Mrs. Merriweather referring to? 

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Mrs. Merriweather is actually referring to any citizens (particularly white) who help African-American citizens. She is specifically referring to the trial. According to her way of thinking, anyone who raises the hopes of African-Americans by supposing that they should get fair trials and be treated as equals with the whites is doing nothing but "stirring them up." By this she means, they are just antagonizing the black citizens by offering them false hope. Mrs. Merriweather adds: 

Now far be it from me to say who, but some of ‘em in this town thought they were doing the right thing a while back, but all they did was stir ’em up. 

This being said, Mrs. Merriweather is also referring to Atticus as one of those "good but misguided people" since he is the one who represented Tom Robinson and was Tom's best chance at the trial. Mrs. Merriweather is strikingly hypocritical. She claims to support better lives for the Mrunas but she doesn't support equality for the black citizens of Maycomb. 


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