In To Kill a Mockingbird, is there a quote in the book that shows how Atticus influences Scout to be respectful of other people's social class?There are quotes for Calpurnia, but what about Atticus?

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In the early chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is constantly reminding Jem and Scout to respect their neighbors. One example comes when the children try to deliver Boo Radley a note--with a fishing pole. Atticus catches them in the act. Although Atticus is directly addressing Jem, his stern advice is for Scout and Dill as well.

"I'm going to tell you something and tell you one time: stop tormenting that man. That goes for the other two of you."

Another example comes when Scout nonchalantly uses the "N" word in a conversation with Atticus after Cecil Jacobs announced in the school yard that Atticus defends "niggers." Scout had defended her father against the charge, but she really didn't understand what it meant.

"Don't say nigger, Scout. That's common."
"'s what everybody at school says."
"From now on, it'll be everybody less one--"

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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