In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, what page number describes Scout's attire?

In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout's attire is described as consisting of "britches" for everyday wear in chapter 9. When she attends church or other formal events, she is forced to wear a dress, but she doesn't feel like herself in that attire and sometimes even wears her "britches" underneath for further comfort.

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Page numbers vary based on the edition, but shortly after Scout, Jem, and Atticus arrive at Finch's Landing for Christmas in chapter 9, the controversy over Scout's attire emerges. We find out at this time that Scout habitually wears "breeches." Aunt Alexandra disapproves of this and tells Scout that she can't be a lady if she doesn't wear dresses. Scout retorts that wearing dresses hampers her activities: she says she can do "nothing" in a dress, while her aunt tells her she shouldn't be doing anything that she can't do in a dress. Her aunt has given her an Add-a-Pearl necklace; apparently, Scout never wears this item.

We find out from that Scout usually dresses as a boy, helping to cement her already established tomboy image. This form of attire also explains how she can so easily jump on and beat up Francis when he calls Atticus a name.

Underlying Aunt Alexandra's disapproval of Scout's attire is a debate about gender and the proper role of women in Southern society. Aunt Alexandra wants to limit Scout and keep her in a traditional, passive feminine role in which she serves men by being a "sunbeam." Scout rebels against this, determined to be as active and feisty as a boy. Fortunately for her, Atticus supports Scout in her desire to dress comfortably and practically, saying that the family has enough "sunbeams" already.

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Since page numbers can vary, I'll include the chapter for the quotes below.

Scout is most comfortable in pants and a casual shirt. She enjoys being outside and finds that dresses don't allow her the freedom to participate in her favorite activities. This is a great concern for her aunt, who believes that Scout should dress like a proper young lady, but Atticus doesn't take issue with it. Neither does Miss Maudie, who is Scout's confidante.

In chapter 24, Scout is expected to attend her aunt's missionary circle meeting, so she is forced to dress up. Upon seeing her, Miss Maudie asks, "Where are your britches today?" Scout quickly replies, "Under my dress." This elicits laughter from the group of ladies, but Scout is confused; she hadn't meant to be funny. This demonstrates how out of her comfort zone Scout feels in a dress. Although wearing "britches" under a dress is not ideal, it allows her to feel a little more like herself than she would otherwise. A few moments later, Miss Stephanie asks whether Scout wants to grow up to be a lawyer, and Scout dismisses the idea, replying that she just wants to be a "lady." Miss Stephanie scoffs at this comment, telling Scout that she "won't get very far" if she doesn't "start wearing dresses more often." Scout is taken aback, and Miss Maudie holds her hand for strength.

Women and girls wouldn't begin wearing pants in mainstream American society for several more decades. Scout's choice to defy social norms is indicative of the way Atticus has raised her: to throw off the expectations of society and to find her true sense of self.

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Chapter nine plays an important role when it comes to the clothes that Scout chooses to wear. Her Aunt Alexandra was, in Scout’s words, "fanatical on the subject of my attire." (92)

On page 92 of the 40th anniversary edition of the book, Scout mentions that her aunt continually castigates her for her attire, which consists of overalls—rather than dresses, skirts, and blouses. Aunt Alexandra also advises Scout that a lady should not participate in activities that would require practical clothing such as pants; instead, a lady should wear clothing that makes her look pretty and attractive. Aunt Alexandra also is critical of Scout's father Atticus, since he does not teach Scout how to be a proper lady and dress like a girl. However, Atticus tells Scout, "Aunt Alexandra didn't understand girls much, since she never had one" (93).

Another one of the most important quotes about Scout's clothing is on page 116. Mrs. Dubose, who lives near to the Finches in Maycomb, says:

What are you doing in those overalls? You should be in a dress and camisole, young lady! You'll grow up waiting on tables if somebody doesn't change your ways—a Finch waiting on tables at the O.K. Café—hah!" (116)

This quote implies that Scout's clothing is not only unfitting of her gender but also could decrease her social station and lead to her working at an establishment that some people would view as improper.

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Different publications of the book usually have different page numbers from one to the other. However, in chapter nine Scout explains what happens between her and her Aunt Alexandra with regards to her attire. In the Warner Books edition, a purple book, the description of her clothing is on page 81. Aunt Alexandra is opposed to Scout wearing overalls or pants. In fact, Aunt Alexandra tells her niece that she should be wearing a dress at all times. Scout claims that there too many things she wouldn't be able to do in a dress; to which her aunt replies that little girls shouldn't be doing anything that requires pants.

Then, in chapter 12, Calpurnia makes sure that Scout's Sunday dress is full of starch. Cal also makes Scout wear a petticoat "and wrapped a pink sash tightly around" her waist (118). She even goes over Scout's leather shoes with a biscuit to make them shine. So, Scout wears dresses on Sunday for church, she just doesn't like wearing them outside when she plays with the boys and gets dirty.

Finally, her aunt gets her wish to see Scout in a dress in chapter 24, when she does wear a dress to Aunt Alexandra's tea party. When Miss Maudie asks her where her pants are, though, Scout tells everyone that they are under her dress. That interchange is on page 228.

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