In "To Kill a Mockingbird," how do Dill and Scout react to Dulphus Raymond pretending to be a drunk and having a black wife?

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Scout says that they understood why he did it, especially after witnessing the obvious sinking of Tom Robinson in his trial just because the people accusing him were white--even though the Ewells were considered the trashiest white people in town.

Scout and Jem know that with people like Calpurnia in their lives that there isn't much difference in black and white people other than the color of their skin and possibly some cultural differences.  She speaks of know that Mr. Raymond having a black wife would only be understood by the town if they thought he had a problem...like drinking...because there's no way the town would understand his willing choice to marry a black woman and have mixed children. 

When he shared the Coke he had in his brown bag--revealing the truth about the "drink" he always carried--the children just accepted it and understood it.  They didn't judge him as the adults would have.  Mr. Raymond explained that most folks needed a reason to understand things that are different, so he gave them one by always carrying his brown bag drink and staggering around town a little. 

 

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