Provide any details/discussion of the setting in chapter 12 in To Kill a Mockingbird. 

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The Chapter starts out at the Finch's house. But then Atticus leaves for the legislature and it's just Jem, Scout and Calpurnia. (Dill is stuck at home in Meridian for the time being.) Since Atticus is gone, Calpurnia takes the children to her church, the First Purchase African M.E. church. The children are not immediately welcome by all members of the church, namely, Lula, who tells Cal, "You ain’t got no business bringin‘ white chillun here—they got their church, we got our’n. It is our church, ain’t it, Miss Cal?” (63). Calpurnia simply replies that it is the same God. Other members, including the Reverend Sykes, welcome them whole-heatedly. 

This is an important scene because Scout recognizes that Calpurnia has another life outside the Finch home. Scout also recognizes the differences (and the similarities) between the two races in Maycomb. Wishing to know more about Calpurnia, Scout asks if she can visit her sometime. Calpurnia says they see each other all of the time, but Scout wants to learn more about Calpurnia's other life. Calpurnia tells Scout she can visit any time she wants. 

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