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BOO RADLEY'S RIGHT TO PRIVACY. The three children--Jem, Scout and Dill--are all obsessed with the idea of "making Boo come out" of the seclusion of the Radley Place. But Atticus stresses that Boo's privacy and desire to remain unseen is more important than the children's fantasies about him. Atticus tells them to "stop tormenting that man", and the children finally realize that he is right.
I sometimes felt a twinge of remorse when passing by the old place, at ever having taken part in what must have been sheer torment to Arthur Radley. (Chapter 26)
ATTICUS'S DECISION TO DEFEND TOM. Atticus has the duty of defending Tom Robinson thrust upon him by Judge Taylor, but he questions whether his decision will harm the members of his family. But he feels he has little choice:
"But do you think I could face my children otherwise?... I just hope they trust me enough..." (Chapter 9)
SCOUT THE TOMBOY. Scout is pressured to start acting like a lady at an early age by many of her neighbors (and especially Aunt Alexandra), but it is not Atticus who finds his daughter lacking. Scout resists all attempts at being ladylike until she witnesses Alexandra's and Miss Maudie's actions at the Missionary Circle tea: Scout is able to distinguish the difference between these real ladies and the supposed ones who gossip and ridicule others. Scout decides that she prefers her "father's world" of men because they are not "Hypocrites..." But she also decides to give acting like a lady another chance.
After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I. (Chapter 24)
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