In To Kill a Mockingbird, what aspect of Mr. Raymond’s reputation do the children find to be false?
In the brown paper bag that the children see Mr. Dolphus Raymond continually carry, there is only Coca-Cola. Mr. Raymond, who is from a reputable family, tells the children that believing him an alcoholic provides the townspeople a reason that they can reconcile with his desire to live with a black woman on the other side of town. The alternative--that he prefers blacks to whites--is too counterculture for them to reconcile with a name such as Raymond's.
And, so, the children discover that Mr. Raymond is not, in fact, "an evil man" when he has emotionally upset Dill take a sip from his bottle concealed by the paper bag.
"Dill, you watch out,now," I warned.
Dill released the straws and grinned, "Scout, it's nothing but Coca-Cola."
Mr. Raymond sat up..."You little folks won't tell on me now, will you? It'd ruin my reputation if you did....
you see, they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that's the way I want to live."
Indeed, Mr. Raymond is a "mockingbird," just as Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are. For, he is not allowed the freedom to be truly himself; instead, he is misjudged by others who must categorize people in their society, judging him by their societal mores.