How does Ms.Maudie feel about losing her house and why?

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Miss Maudie loses her home to a fire in the early morning, around one o'clock, during the winter months.  Her home is destroyed.  The next day, the children did not go to school.  Atticus allowed them to stay home since they had been up a good deal of the night.  Naturally, the children were curious and went to see Miss Maudie's house.  Miss Maudie was in the back yard "....gazing at her frozen charred azaleas." (pg 72)

She was a wonderful gardener and loved her garden. She thinks the fire started because she kept a fire in the flue of the kitchen that night for her potted plants.  A grin came over her face, and she told the children her plans to rebuild a smaller house for herself,

"Always wanted a smaller house, Jem Finch.  Gives me more yard.  Just think, I'll have more room for my azaleas now!" (pg 73)

Scout is shocked because Atticus had said that her house was all she had.  She asked Miss Maudie if she wasn't grieving for her home. Miss Maudie replies that she is not because she didn't like her house: "Grieving, child?  Why I hated that old cow barn." (pg 73)

However, Scout is concerned how she will get along.  Miss Maudie assures Scout that this may be a blessing in disguise because she'll have a wonderful yard and a smaller house:

"There are ways of doing things you don't know about.  ...  gracious, I'll have the finest yard in Alabama." (pg 73)

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