What are five examples of dignity (using quotes) in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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WALTER CUNNINGHAM SR.  When Atticus provides Mr. Cunningham with legal advice concerning his entailment, Cunningham tells his attorney that he doesn't know when he will be able to pay. Atticus tells him to make it "the least of your worries." He explains to Scout that the Cunninghams are a different "breed of men." But Atticus knows he will be paid.

"Not in money," Atticus said, "but before the year's out, I'll have been paid. You watch."

MRS. DUBOSE.  During her final days, Mrs. Dubose successfully rids herself of her morphine addiction, a goal that caused her great pain but the ultimate satisfaction of dying "beholden to nothing and nobody." Atticus tells Jem that

"... I wanted you to see what real courage is... It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what."

DOLPHUS RAYMOND.  While Scout and Dill take a break from the trial, Mr. Raymond explains why Dill won't cry as frequently when he becomes grown. When Scout asks, "Cry about what?", Mr. Raymond emotionally tells her.

"Cry about the simple hell people give other people--without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they're people, too."

ATTICUS' TRIAL SUMMATION.  Atticus' memorable summation falls on the deaf ears of the jury, but in it he tries to explain the difference between the Ewells and the innocent, black defendant, Tom Robinson.

"And so a quiet, respectable, humble Negro who had the unmitigated temerity to 'feel sorry' for a white woman has had to put his word against two white people's..."

AUNT ALEXANDRA & MISS MAUDIE.  Following Atticus' announcement that Tom has been killed, Maudie and Alexandra put on their best faces and return to serving refreshments for the missionary circle. Scout is highly impressed with their demeanor.

After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could l. 

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