How would you describe the Cunningham clan?

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The Cunninghams are a poor farming family who live in the northern part of Maycomb County called Old Sarum. Despite the fact that they are extremely poor, the Cunninghams are respectful, honest individuals. They refuse to take anything that they cannot pay back and are trusted throughout the community. Walter Cunningham, Jr. is a kind, shy boy in Scout's class and his father gets along with Atticus. Although the community members respect the Cunninghams, they are known to get drunk and cause havoc occasionally. In Chapter 15, Walter Cunningham and the Old Sarum bunch attempt to lynch Tom Robinson. Fortunately, Atticus refuses to leave the scene, and Walter is able to see the error in his decision making. The next day, Atticus explains to his children that Walter Cunningham is still a good person and that he was influenced by mob mentality the previous night. Overall, the Cunninghams are resourceful, trustworthy individuals who try their best to make ends meet.

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