In "To Kill a Mockingbird," how does the society of Maycomb, including the children, percieve Maudie Atkinson?

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A respected and humble member of the community without prejudice, Miss Maudie is not afraid to speak the truth without trying to offend people.  She is never condescending to the children, always speaking to them as though they were adults.  She oftn bakes cakes for  for Jem and Scout and allows them to play in her yard. When the Puritanical citizens who disapprove of her brightly colored garden express their scorn with Biblical verses, Miss Maudie quotes scripture in playful retort to them.

In fact, it is Miss Maudie who is the true Christian.  Miss Maudie, whose voice is "enough to shut anybody up," scolds the children in Chapter 5 when they ridicule the Radleys, "that is a sad house..."  She always speaks well of people, and is candid and forthright.  In Chapter 8, Scout relects,

With most of her possessions gone and her beloved yard a shambles [after her house has burned down],she still took a lively and cordial interes in Jem's and my affairs.  She must have seen my perplexity.  She said, "Only thing I worried about last night was all the danger and commotion it caused.  This whole neighborhood could have gone up.


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