How does the experience at Calpurnia's church affect Jem and Scout's perception of Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Scout and Jem's experience at Calpurnia's church gives them insight into Maycomb's black community and into Calpurinia's "double life". They are suprised by how Calpurnia seems to talk one way in the Finch house and another way at her church, and when she explains to the children why she does, it offers Scout, Jem, and the reader a look at some of the cultural differences in Maycomb.

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In chapter twelve, Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to First Purchase African M.E. Church for Sunday service while Atticus is out of town. The Finch children are delighted to gain significant insight into Maycomb's black community and learn more about Cal's life outside of their home during their visit. Shortly after they arrive, a prejudiced woman named Lula confronts Cal about bringing white children into their church. When Lula comments on the exclusivity of their church, Cal responds by saying, "It’s the same God, ain’t it?" (Lee, 120). Scout immediately notices the change in Cal's dialect and mentions,

"...I thought her voice strange: she was talking like the rest of them" (Lee, 120).

After their brief run-in with Lula, the rest of the congregation welcomes Jem and Scout with open arms and the children enjoy the various eccentricities of the church. The Finch children are surprised to learn that there are no hymn books or programs in the church because the majority of the congregation is...

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