In To Kill a Mockingbird, how does Scout affect or influence Atticus?

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Even Atticus Finch learns a few lessons from his daughter during the course of the novel. He finds that he must compromise with Scout when it comes to her returning to school following her disastrous first day: He decides it best to continue reading with Scout every night--without telling Miss Caroline (Chapter 3). Atticus recognizes the lesson Scout teaches his brother Jack about honesty and fairness on Christmas after Jack punishes her for her fight with Cousin Francis (Chapter 9). It takes Scout's tears to show Atticus the futility of trying to make the children follow Aunt Alexandra's directives concerning "gentle breeding" (Chapter 13). And Atticus gives credit to Scout for saving the day that night at the jail when he declares that "it took an eight-year-old child" to bring the lynch mob to its senses (Chapter 16).


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