What is a quote about Maycomb, Alabama, in "To Kill A Mockingbird"?I need a quote from the book for a project I am doing for Lit.

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I think the best quote about Maycomb comes from the first chapter - Scout, as the narrator, describes the town in vivid detail, bringing it to life through the use of personification:

Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it.  In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square.  Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer's day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square.  Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning.  Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.

And then, a little further on, it continues by explaining the pace of the town and the historical period (the Depression, after Roosevelt's election) in which it exists:

[In Maycomb there] was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself."

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