What does Miss Maudie teach Scout about the importance of tolerance in To Kill a Mockingbird?Include quotes please.

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Scout's first lesson about tolerance from Miss Maudie comes during their discussion about Boo Radley. Maudie explains that Boo's father "was a foot-washing Baptist," and how there are

"... just some kind of men who--who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results."  (Chapter 5)

Maudie blames Boo's family on the problems that have happened to him "behind closed doors." Maudie teaches Scout about the relative unimportance of material things after her house fire, and how she is just happy that her neighbors' homes were not damaged. She gives the children a good lesson in Chapter 10 when she explains about both being tolerant toward Atticus's apparent feebleness--

"Forgot to tell you the other day that beside playing the Jew's Harp, Atticus Finch was the deadest shot in Maycomb County in his time."  (Chapter 10)

--and about his humble nature.

"People in their right minds never take pride in their talents," said Miss Maudie.  (Chapter 10)

After the trial, Maudie reminds Jem and Scout to be patient with the people of Maycomb, who seemingly have deserted Atticus.

"We're so rarely called on to be Christians, but when we are, we've got men like Atticus to go for us."  (Chapter 22)

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