What does Scout think about Mrs. Grace Merriweather in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Although "For certainly Mrs. Merriweather was the most devout lady in Maycomb," Scout leaves the Missionary Circle tea with a less-than-satisfactory opinion of the woman. A "childless" lady with "large brown eyes" and black, curly hair, "Mrs. Merriweather played her voice like an organ." She condescends when talking with Scout, and Scout finds it funny when she sings "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me..." It is obvious to Scout that Mrs. Merriweather is deeply concerned with the oppressed Mruna tribe in Africa--"her eyes always filled with tears"--but Scout soon sees that the lady has little love for the black citizens of Maycomb. She makes most unladylike comments about her maid, Sophy, and Tom Robinson's wife, Helen, before moving on to criticizing Atticus, which draws the ire of Miss Maudie. Scout decides that Mrs. Merriweather is a hypocrite and that the only two real ladies in the room are Maudie and Aunty.

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