What is one of the scenes in Chapter 14 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee?

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1. Chapter 14 opens with a brief scene in town in which "countrywomen" and "a skinny gentleman" take note of Scout and Jem and mutter about them in vaguely rude ways. Scout doesn't realize that they are bitter about Atticus taking on Tom's case.

2. The next scene occurs after dinner in Scout's home. She asks Atticus what rape is, and he tries to explain it. When Scout talks about how she enjoyed going to Calpurnia's church, Aunt Alexandra interjects herself into the conversation and tells Scout that she can't go there anymore. They argue, and Scout excuses herself to the bathroom. When she comes back, she overhears Alexandra tell Atticus that they need to fire Calpurnia because she's influencing the children too much. Atticus and Scout firmly disagree. If you needed to identify the most important scene from Chapter 14 that relates to the plot and the theme of the novel, you'd probably choose this one.

3. Immediately following this scene, Scout and Jem head to Jem's bedroom to talk. Jem wants Scout to stop being so sassy to Aunt Alexandra, which annoys Scout so much that she gets into a "brawl" with her brother. Atticus comes in to separate them and send them to bed.

4. In the next scene, Scout and Jem discover Dill is in the house, hiding underneath Scout's bed. After Dill eats, he tells Scout and Jem where he's been and how he ended up back in Maycomb. Atticus enters the scene and says he'll let Miss Rachel know Dill is there, and he sends Dill to the bathtub. Scout falls asleep.

5. The final scene takes place a little while later, when Dill wakes Scout up to talk to her. He reveals his deep loneliness and unhappiness with his own family, and the two of them wonder imaginatively about where babies come from.

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