How does Miss Maudie try to cheer Aunt Alexandra up in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Hello, vamo1. Maybe this will help. This conversation between Miss Maudie and Aunt Alexandra occurs right after they and Atticus find out Tom has been shot and killed at the prison. Atticus is deeply shaken and distraught. Alexandra hurts for him and feels angry that, as she sees it, Atticus has been asked by the town to do so much in taking Tom Robinson's case. Alexandra asks, "What else do they want from him, Maudie, what else?"

Miss Maudie tries to comfort her by telling Alexandra that Maycomb is paying Atticus "the highest tribute" because "We trust him to do right." Maudie goes on to explain that it is the good and decent white people in Macomb who support Atticus. In Maudie's words, "The handful of people in this town with background . . . ." These are words Alexandra can understand. To her, one with Southern "background" is held in greatest respect. Maudie's words reassure her that the most respectable people in Maycomb do understand and appreciate Atticus' efforts.

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