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How does Atticus defend Calpurnia from Aunt Alexandra in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Aunt Alexandra is portrayed as an intolerant, strict woman, who is prejudiced against black people and believes that Calpurnia is a bad influence on Jem and Scout. In chapter 13, Scout is surprised to learn that her domineering aunt will be living with them for an extended period of time and struggles to get along with Alexandra. In chapter 14, Scout tells Atticus that Calpurnia invited them to come over to her home while they were at First Purchase African M.E. Church for Sunday service. Alexandra is upset that Cal took the children to a black church and curtly tells Scout, "You may not" (137). Scout immediately responds to Aunt Alexandra by saying that she wasn't asking for her permission, and Atticus proceeds to make Scout apologize. Scout then leaves the living room and overhears Atticus and Alexandra arguing with each other. Alexandra argues that Atticus should get rid of Calpurnia, but Atticus comes to Cal's defense by saying,

Alexandra, Calpurnia’s not leaving this house until she...

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