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The most explicit indicator of Scout's increasing maturity is after Tom Robinson's trial at one of Aunt Alexandra's mission society teas. Since coming to stay with her brother, niece, and nephew, Alexandra has been at cross purposes with Scout, embroiled as she is in a desperate and largely unsuccessful effort to turn Scout into a lady worthy of the Finch name. However, as the novel draws closer to the end, Atticus comes into the kitchen to ask Calpurnia to accompany him to tell Tom Robinson's wife that he has died, and Scout, observing her aunt composing herself to return to the ladies, determines that she will compose herself as well. In the tradition of Southern womanhood, she eschews any sort of dramatic reaction, and calmly returns to the guests, offering them refreshments, a much different young lady than the overall-clad girl the reader meets at the novel's beginning.
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