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Miss Maudie is a widow, a neighbor, and an adult friend of Scout’s. She cares about Scout, and helps her on several occasions.
Scout spends a lot of time with Miss Maudie when she has trouble getting along with Jem. She is defined as a “benign presence” and their “contact with her was not clearly defined” (ch 5). She is always there for Scout.
I spent most of the remaining twilights that summer sitting with Miss Maudie Atkinson on her front porch. (ch 5)
Miss Maudie is a sanctuary for Scout. Whenever things are not going well, the unmarried Miss Maudie is there for her. Miss Maudie listens and cares, but does not get overly involved in Scout’s business.
Miss Maudie makes “the best cakes in the neighborhood” (ch 5) and she uses this talent to make the kids feel better. Before the trial, she makes a large cake and three little ones. After the trial, she makes two little ones and gives Jem a slice out of the big one, symbolizing his transition to an adult.
A remarkable lady, Miss Maudie likes to spend her time out in the yard with her flowers and not in the house. She takes in boarders, such as Scout’s teacher, but she says she is relieved when her house burns down.
Miss Maudie puzzled me. With most of her possessions gone and her beloved yard a shambles, she still took a lively and cordial interest in Jem's and my affairs. (ch 8)
Miss Maudie defends Scout from Miss Stephanie and others who tease her. She protects her from Miss Stephanie’s questions and comments about her father losing the case. She also does this in the ladies’ missionary meeting.
Scout comments that Miss Maudie “never laughed at me unless I meant to be funny.” When the ladies make fun of Scout, Miss Maudie holds her hand and makes her feel better.
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