As in the incident with Uncle Jack, Scout teaches an adult something in Chapter 13 of To Kill a Mockingbird. What do you think Atticus learns?

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Atticus learns that he must follow his own instincts when it comes to dealing with his sister, and he recognizes that forcing himself to defend Alexandra's belief that the children must behave as a Finch is not a good fit. As Atticus has discovered before--at Miss Maudie's house fire and in his discussion about Mrs. Dubose--"It's not time to worry" yet, and he sees that his children are both unprepared and unwilling to begin "to try to live up to your name." Atticus does not really believe Alexandra's views on the glorious past of the Finch family, and he is certainly not comfortable defending them. After he brings Scout to tears trying to force the importance of "gentle breeding" on her, it takes his daughter's own motherly concern about Atticus's "growling" stomach and how "You better take some soda" for him to finally abandon Alexandra's demands. "Forget it," he tells Scout, and

... I knew he had come back to us.


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