What do we learn about Mr. Dolphus Raymond in this chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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You don't specify the chapter in To Kill a Mockingbird, but I assume you are asking about Chapter 20, when Dill and Scout meet Dolphus Raymond. "This sinful man" fascinates Scout, and he smells good--a mix of "leather, horses, cottonseed"--and she is impressed by "the only English riding boots I had ever seen." Raymond shares his secret with the two children: The bottle hidden in the paper sack with which he is always seen contains only Coca-Cola and not the whiskey that everyone else in town presumes. Scout is shocked by this revelation, and she can't understand why he "deliberately perpetrated fraud against himself." Raymond explains that it is so the townspeople "can latch onto a reason" for why he weaves around town--better for the sake of whiskey than for some unexplainable notion. The children also learn that Raymond sympathizes with Negroes, and he tells Dill that one day he will grow old enough not to

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


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