Scout wishes Atticus was more like the fathers of her classmates. She sees him as old (nearly 50) and he doesn't seem to do anything - just works in an office. Because of his age, he won't play tackle football with Jem. He won't teach them to shoot an air rifle. Even though Miss Maudie tries to get Scout to see her father differently, it is not until the incident with the mad dog that Atticus seems to have any discernible talent in Scout's eyes. At that point, she wants to go tell everyone at school how her dad is a crack shot. Jem, however, tells her not to because Atticus is a gentlemen.