How old is Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Although Harper Lee never specifies the exact age of old Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout tells us that "neighborhood opinion was unanimous that Mrs. Dubose was the meanest old woman who ever lived." Scout adds that she is "very old." Atticus politely calls her "a sick old lady." In addition to carrying "a CSA (Confederate States of America) pistol concealed among her numerous shawls and wraps," she had

... old age liver spots... Her hands were knobby and the cuticles were grown up above her fingernails... "She has fits or somethin... She spits a lot."

Although her age is never revealed, Atticus tells us that when she died, she died free of morphine addiction, "all ninety-eight pounds of her."

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