Miss Maudie imparts great wisdom and exemplifies her sound values when, after the burning of her house, she replies to Scout's question, "You ain't grievin' Miss Maudie?"
"Grieving, child? Why, I hated that old cow barn. Thought of settin' fire to it a hundred times myself, except they'd lock me up....Don't you worry about me, Jean Louise Finch. There are ways of doing things you don't know about. Why, I'll build me a little house and take me a couple of roomers and--gracious, I'll have the finest yard in Alabama. Those Bellingraths'll * look plain puny when I get started."
*The Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile are resplendent: 65 acres of 250,000 azalea bushes and more than 10,000 plants and flowers.