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As a rambunctious child, Scout might not always do what Atticus tells her, but she listens to what he tells her. When the lynch mob arrives to try and kidnap Tom Robinson from jail, Scout's words silence the crowd. She sees a classmate's father, Mr. Cunningham. When Mr. Cunningham does not acknowledge his son, Walter, Scout attempts to refresh his memory.
" 'He's in my grade,' I said, 'and he does right well. He's a good boy,' I added, 'a real nice boy. We brought him home for dinner one time. Maybe he told you about me, I beat him up one time but he was real nice about it. Tell him hey for me, won't you?'
Atticus has said it was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in." (164)
After the trial is finished and school resumes, Scout relies on her father's lessons to help her in school. When her class is talking about Hitler, her teacher asks for a definition of democracy.
"I raised my hand, remembering an old campaign slogan Atticus had once told me about.
'What do you think it means, Jean Louise?'
'Equal rights for all, special privileges for none,' I quoted." (258)
Throughout the novel, Scout lives by Atticus' example, the greatest way to stand up for him.
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