How is Scout's goal of becoming a "lady" prevented by her friends in To Kill a Mockingbird?Quotes will be helpful.

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You may have noticed that Scout doesn't mention a single girl her age in any of the chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird, so hanging around with other boys all the time hardly gives her a chance to change her tomboy ways. She spends all of her time with Jem when she's not in school, and when the summer comes, she turns her attention to Dill. She joins them in their own boyish games, and Scout seems perfectly contented to do so. Atticus does not harass her about her unladylike ways except when she fights, which he bans her from doing. However, some classmates, such as Cecil Jacobs, tempt her to fight with insults about Atticus; cousin Francis does the same. She only dons a dress twice during the story: when she goes to church with Calpurnia and at the Missionary Circle tea. It is there that she decides for once that "if Auntie can act like a lady at a time like this, so can I."

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