How can we tell that Aunt Alexandra cares about reputation in Chapter 9 of To Kill a Mockingbird?From Chapter 9, what is some evidence that Scout's Aunt Alexandra cares about reputation, and why...

How can we tell that Aunt Alexandra cares about reputation in Chapter 9 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

From Chapter 9, what is some evidence that Scout's Aunt Alexandra cares about reputation, and why does she care so much? Thanks!

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Aunt Alexandra is obsessed with heredity and the Finch family history, and it becomes even more obvious in the later chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout hates going to Finch's Landing each Christmas, in part because of the way she is treated by her aunt. Alexandra is not happy with Scout's tomboyish ways, and she especially hates her overalls. Although Alexandra never mothered a female child, she has certain ideas about how Scout should behave, and she believes that Scout

... had been born good but had grown progressively worse every year.

For Christmas dinner, Scout was isolated with Cousin Francis at the

... little table in the dining room... if she would just let me sit at the big table with the rest of them just once, I would prove to her just how civilized I could be...

According to Francis, Alexandra is mortified that Atticus is "ruinin' the family" by agreeing to defend Tom Robinson.

"... we'll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb agin."

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