In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is the occupation of the brother of Atticus?

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We are given this information in the very first chapter, that describes the family history of the Finches and also details how Atticus and his siblings made their way in the world. Also, the closeness of the family is indicated, as Atticus supports his younger brother to follow his chosen career path until he is able to establish himself, showing sacrificial love and how the Finch family supported one another.

Note what we are told about John Hale Finch, the brother of Atticus:

During his first five years in Maycomb, Atticus practised economy more than anything; for several years thereafter he invested his earnings in his brother's education. John Hale Finch was ten years younger than my father, and chose to study medicine at a time when cotton was not worth growing; but after getting Uncle Jack started, Atticus derived a reasonable income from the law.

Note the details given of how Atticus was forced to practice "economy" through the amount of money he needed to give to his younger brother to support him in his study. It is only after he has finished his study that Atticus is able to earn a "reasonable income" from his profession.

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