What are four allusions and their meanings in Chapters 23-25 in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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An allusion is an indirect reference to a person, place or prior event, usually just in passing and without further explanation. Many can be found throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. Here are a few examples that can be found in Chapters 23-25:

  • There is a reference to Popular Mechanics magazine, which Jem is reading. Jem has an interest in science (he received a chemistry set for Christmas).  (Chapter 23)
  • Scout describes the ladies at the Missionary Circle tea, including some of their cosmetic preferences, such as "Tangee Natural" lipstick and "Cutex Natural" fingernail polish, both worn by the older women; "some of the younger ladies wore 'Rose'."  (Chapter 24)
  • Mrs. Merriweather makes disparaging remarks about "that Mrs. Roosevelt"--the First Lady and wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt was known for her activism in social reform and racial equality--something which earns the disapproval of Mrs. Merriweather.  (Chapter 24)
  • Scout refers to Miss Stephanie as "that English Channel of gossip," a reference to the quickest route between England and France (mainland Europe).  (Channel 25)
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