When does Atticus walk in someone else's shoes?

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Atticus has a great deal of empathy and a capacity to view life from other people's perspective. For example, he is able to put himself in Miss Caroline's shoes and explain how to Scout how it might feel to be a stranger in a new town. He explains that the new first-grade teacher made an honest mistake over Walter Cunningham. Atticus says of Miss Caroline:

We could not expect her to learn all Maycomb’s ways in one day, and we could not hold her responsible when she knew no better.

Atticus is able to put himself as well into Mrs. Dubose's shoes and see past her meanness to her courage in fighting her morphine addiction. Through her, he teaches the children not to judge a person by their exterior without making an attempt to understand what he or she might be enduring.

Finally, Atticus can even walk in Bob Ewell's shoes. He understands that Ewell feels humiliated over how Atticus treated him in court and wants to pay him back. Atticus doesn't experience anger that Ewell spit on him, because...

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