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I'm not sure that Aunt Alexandra ever made any statement in To Kill a Mockingbird that made Jem feel better. Alexandra was not particularly welcomed into the household by Jem and Scout when she came to stay with the family during the Tom Robinson trial. Immediately after the trial, Alexandra was waiting up for Atticus and the children to return. In a rare moment of compassion, she told Atticus, " 'I'm sorry, brother.' " Scout noted that it was the only time she had heard her aunt call her father "brother," and she looked to Jem for a reaction, "but he was not listening." After Jem and Scout were attacked by Bob Ewell, Alexandra was genuinely distressed. She claimed that the attack was " 'my fault,' " and twice called Scout "darling" before returning to Jem's room to keep an eye on him.
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