In Chapter 13, Aunt Alexandra arrives at the Finch house. Aunt Alexandra and Atticus decided that it was best for Scout to have a feminine influence in her life before Scout becomes a young woman. Aunt Alexandra feels contempt toward Scout for her “tomboyish” ways and attitude. Scout says she never has anything to say to her aunt and that is the reason Alexandra finds her dull and sluggish. Aunt Alexandra is the quintessential Southern lady with impeccable manners and an affinity for social gatherings. Scout describes Aunt Alexandra as one of the last of her kind, saying,
“She had a river-boat, boarding school manners; let any moral come along and she would uphold it; she was born in the objective case; she was an incurable gossip; When Aunt Alexandra went to school, self-doubt could not be found in any textbook, so she knew not its meaning.” (13.172)
Throughout the chapter Alexandra explains the “ways” of the community members in Maycomb and how they connect to their ancestors who came before them. Aunt Alexandra pressures Atticus to share the Finch family history with his children. Scout claims to have never understood her preoccupation with heredity.