One particular of the hidden rules of conduct between black and whites in Maycomb is exemplified in the scene in which Calpurnia brings the children to her church. For, even though the Finches have gone beyond what Aunt Alexandra believes is decorous in their affection for Calpurnia, unspoken rules are that she should not think that she is actually a member of the family. But, as she dresses the children for church, saying to Scout and Jem when they object,
"I don't want anybody sayin' I don't look afer my children."
The other members of Calpurnia's church are clearly aware of the hidden boundaries of racial conduct having been violated when they see the Finch maid enter with the children:
"What you up to, Miss Cal?" said a voice behind [them]...."I wants to know why you bringin' white chillun to a n-- church."
"They's my comp'ny," said Calpurnia.
"Yeah, an' I reckon you's comp'ny at the Finch house durin' the week."
A murmur ran through the crowd.
So, while it is acceptable for Calpurnia to take the children to town with her when she shops, she has overstepped boundaries by bringing them to a church that is designated exclusively for blacks.