What is a significant quote about the "Ewell Dwelling" in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

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Chapter 17 (page 173 of my book) states that the Ewell home was filthy and cluttered, except for "six chipped-enamel slop jars holding brilliant red geraniums, cared for as tenderly as if they belonged to Miss Maudie Atkinson, had Miss Maudie deigned to permit a geranium on her premises.  People said they were Mayella Ewell's."  This passage gives great insight into how most of the Ewell family, especially Bob, live, while also indicating that Mayella seemed hungry for a little bit of prettiness or happiness in her life.