What do we learn about Scout in chapter 2?  

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On her first day of school, Scout shows great courage in standing up for herself and the Cunningham boy. Miss Caroline is not pleased with Scout. She is not impressed that Scout can read. Scout definitely has a rough encounter with Miss Caroline. Miss Caroline punishes Scout for trying to explain about the Cunningham boy's pride.

It seems that Scout can do nothing right on her first day of school. She is trying to help Miss Caroline learn the way it works in Maycomb. Miss Caroline insults Scout and her ability to read. She insists that Atticus has not taught Scout to read properly:

The new teacher, Miss Caroline Fisher, spanks Scout’s hand before the morning is over. The conflict between Scout and Miss Fisher begins when Miss Fisher finds out that Scout can read; Miss Fisher tells Scout not to allow her father to teach her anymore.

No doubt, Scout and Miss Caroline are having a major conflict. Although Miss Caroline is being very hard on Scout, Scout holds her own brave attitude. In response to Miss Caroline's strict discipline, Scout holds up well. She doesn't back down. In actuality, Scout was trying to help Miss Caroline learn the way it works in Maycomb. Miss Caroline does not appreciate Scout's help. By the end of the morning, Miss Caroline is crying. Scout does not feel sorry for her:

As the morning—and the chapter—end, Scout leaves for her lunch and sees Miss Fisher crying. Scout concludes by thinking, “Had her conduct been more friendly toward me, I would have felt sorry for her.”

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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