How is Calpurnia a good influence on Scout? Cite a line of evidence illustrating Calpurnia’s influence.

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Calpurnia is a positive influence on Scout throughout the novel. She is a caring individual who is quick to discipline the children when they get out of hand. Calpurnia teaches Scout several lessons in manners and increases her perspective on life. In Chapter 12, Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to First Purchase African M. E. Church. Scout gets the opportunity to experience life in the African American community of Maycomb. Scout notices that Calpurnia talks differently to members of her church than she does at home. Calpurnia tells Scout that she talks to her friends in an informal manner, because if she spoke formally, they would think she was "puttin' on airs to beat Moses." (Lee 167) Scout responds by saying that she knows better than to talk incorrectly. Calpurnia says, "It's not necessary to tell all you know. It's not lady-like---in the second place, folks don't like to have somebody around knowin' more than they do." (Lee 167) Calpurnia teaches Scout an important lesson in modesty. Scout learns that nobody appreciates a person who brags about how much they know and that some information is best kept to oneself. Scout admires Calpurnia's "modest double-life" and wishes to spend more time with her.

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