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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what does Atticus say is the result of naming people after confederate generals?

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The morning after Atticus had faced the lynch mob at the jail, the subject of Mr. Underwood came up since he had taken it upon himself to stand guard over Atticus from an upstairs room over the newspaper office, armed with a double-barreled shotgun. Scout recalled her memory of Mr. Underwood:

Local opinion held Mr. Underwood to be an intense, profane little man, whose father in a fey fit of humor christened Braxton Bragg, a name Mr. Underwood had done his best to live down. Atticus said naming people after Confederate generals made slow steady drinkers [italics added here].

Instead of trying to live up to the name, Mr. Underwood chose another path, but his character clearly was intact the night of the lynch mob visit. Also, Atticus' wry comment indicated how he viewed clinging to the idea of some romantic Southern past.

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