In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, how will Scout's classmates act toward Scout knowing that her father is a lawyer?  Please help... I am not sure what to say.

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In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout's classmates know that her father is a lawyer in their small town with some respect.  However, if you are asking how Scout's classmates will act toward Scout when they find out that Atticus Finch has taken on the case to defend Tom Robinson, a black man, against the charge of raping a white woman, then the answer will be quite different.  In knowing that Atticus is a lawyer, her classmates will be rather indifferent to the knowledge just as Scout will not react very strongly to their father's jobs.  Knowing that Atticus will defend a black man in a very racist Southern town, her classmates' reaction will be to tease maliciously, to provoke Scout's known temper, and do all they can to express their displeasure with Atticus's decision.  Scout must use her restraint to be respectful of her father's choice and the difficult decision he made to proceed with a defense knowing that his chances of success are slim.   

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