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One of the best passages that explains the true nature of Atticus Finch comes in the very first chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus was dedicated and faithful to both his family and his town. After being admitted to the Alabama bar, Atticus returned home to Maycomb to practice. Business was scarce, and he lost his first two cases when the men were hanged for first-degree murder. Nevertheless, Atticus persisted, and when his younger brother, Jack, decided to pursue medical training, it was Atticus who paid his way. Unlike Atticus, Jack eventually moved to more profitable surroundings in Boston. Although Atticus developed a "profound distaste for the practice of criminal law," his clientele and reputation grew.
He liked Maycomb, he was Maycomb County born and bred; he knew his people, they knew him...
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