What is Mr. Dolphus Raymond's definition of "fine folk" in "To Kill A Mockingbird"?

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In ch. 20 Dill and Scout talk with Raymond, but he doesn't specifically use the words "fine folk" nor does he offer a clear definition. However, from how he is taken by Dill's reaction to the trial, one can infer that he thinks highly of Dill for feeling so bitter about the unfairness of the Robinson trial. Dill, he says, is young enough to see the evil in how white people are taking advantage of black people. However, he recognizes that many of Maycomb's residents start out like that as children but then they grow older and become immune to the racism. He tells Scout, "'Let him [Dill] get a little older and he won't get sick and cry. Maybe things'll strike him as being -- not quite right, say, but he won't cry, not when he gets a few years on him'" (201).

Dolphus also notes how Atticus might be classified as "Fine Folk" for he is "'not a run-of-the-mill man'" (201). Raymond is referring to how Atticus is willing to step up and help an innocent man - even if he is black - when it is the right thing to do rather than just turn a blind eye to it like most of Maycomb.

This scene is used to contrast all the other versions of "Fine Folk" that Scout has been subjected to. Notice soon Aunt Alexandra will have a long talk with Scout about what it means to be a Finch. She will also explain to her how their is a class system in Maycomb and how her version of "Fine Folk" differs greatly from Raymond's.

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