Please give examples from Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird of Scout acting un-lady like.  

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In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, there are several ways in which Scout acts unlady-like. First, she wears overalls, much to her Aunt Alexandra's dismay. Dresses are not a favorite with Scout. She is also more than willing to fist fight with the boys. For instance, when Walter Cunningham will not take money from Miss Caroline and the teacher gets aggravated when Scout tries to explain, Scout has Walter down on the ground during recess—Jem has to break it up. Another time, when Cecil Jacobs insults Atticus, as well as when her cousin Francis does the same, Scout goes after both—in fact, she splits Francis' mouth open.

...she is quick to respond to insults with her fists...

Scout is a tomboy. She runs and plays with Jem, and when Dill starts to come for the summer, she dislikes being left out of the boys' adventures. When the kids sneak into the Radley yard one night, the gate squeaks and Jem tells them to spit on the hinge to stop the noise. Scout is not at all put out by this: there is nothing "girly" about Scout.

Scout is a child of habit. When the ladies come to the house to join Aunt Alexandra for her missionary tea, Scout is attired in her Sunday best: a pink dress, with shoes and petticoat. When she sits down, Miss Maudie comments on her clothes.

"You're mighty dressed up, Miss Jean Louise," she said. "Where are your britches today?"

"Under my dress."

Scout is not a girl who likes to sit for tea, wear dresses or have her hair curled. As far as we know, she does not own a doll, and does not have any friends who are girls. She gets an air rifle, just like Jem, at Christmas, delighted with the gift. Scout wants to run, play games (like rolling in a car tire), climb trees, and hang out with the boys.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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