What relationship did Miss Maudie have with the other characters in To Kill a Mockingbird? 

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To Jem, Scout, and Dill, Miss Maudie is like a kind and caring aunt. She bakes three cakes for the three children any time she bakes. She is one of the more fair-minded people in the novel. This is reflected in how she interacts with others and particularly with the children. She doesn't talk down to them and always offers good advice. She is so endearing to the children that Scout says to her, "You're the best lady I know." Miss Maudie is honest as well. She tells Scout the truth about Boo Radley and his family's history. She is usually selfless (generous) especially with the kids. In Chapter 8 when her house is burning down, she still makes time for the children: 

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. 

Miss Maudie is cordial to just about everyone. She tells Scout that the Radley house is a sad one. She does not buy into the gossip about Boo. Instead, she shows how she has empathy for Arthur. She is a family friend to the Finches. She knows Uncle Jack and is therefore really like an aunt to the family. There seems to be mutual respect between her and Atticus. Jem also recognizes how Miss Maudie is fair-minded like Atticus, Scout, and himself. When the jury convicts Tom, Jem wonders why the jury doesn't have more ethical people: 

Jem was scratching his head. Suddenly his eyes widened. “Atticus,” he said, “why don’t people like us and Miss Maudie ever sit on juries? You never see anybody from Maycomb on a jury—they all come from out in the woods.” 

Miss Maudie is generally welcoming to everyone else but she won't hesitate to challenge someone who is being dishonest or hypocritical. She challenges the hypocrite Mrs. Merriweather in Chapter 24. Mrs. Merriweather claims to support the Mrunas but she is condescending towards African-Americans in her own town/country. 

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