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Isolation is presented in the segregated African American community known as the Quarters, located outside the main white residential area where Scout lives. The Ewells live a life of semi-isolation, living adjacent to the dump in between the white and black areas of Maycomb. The "confusing tribe" of Cunninghams live in the far northern part of the county, and their decadent ways often receive warnings from church pulpits.
Boo Radley is the single most isolated character in the novel, choosing to live inside the family home instead of facing the scornful stares that await him in the outside world. Dolphus Raymond, a wealthy white man who has a black mistress and prefers to socialize with Maycomb's Negroes, is considered mentally unstable by the white population. Raymond consequently avoids contact with white people, living outside of town on the river. The town of Maycomb itself has suffered from isolation since its origins, built "awkwardly inland" away from riverboat traffic,
... an island in a patchwork sea of cottonfields and timberlands. (Chapter 13)
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