The women of the missionary circle are entertained at first by Scout, making her the innocent victim of two jokes. The cruelty of the women toward Scout and their maids exposes their hypocrisy. Then they turn their attention to other topics, leading them to discuss how Tom Robinson's trial has disrupted their lives. Mrs. Merriweather says all the "misguided" people of Maycomb did was "stir 'em up," referring to the black servants of the white people. The ladies of the circle are concerned about the Mrunas, but they don't recognize that there are people in their own home town who need help as well. At the end of this chapter, we learn that Tom Robinson dies trying to escape.