What are some examples of unspoken rules that are stereotypical to the society of Maycomb in To Kill a Mockingbird?Provide four examples.

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Most of the unspoken rules of Maycomb deal in some manner with segregation and the underlying racism that goes along with it. Black people don't have to be told that they are not welcome in all-white churches. However, whites have the right to attend services in the First Purchase Church if they so desire, and Jem and Scout are welcomed there by the congregation (Lula notwithstanding). Although there is no mention of a school for black children in Maycomb, the one that Jem and Scout attend is for whites-only. Black people understand that they are not welcome on a white man's property or inside a white man's house unless they are invited. They are segregated in the courtroom as well as in other unmentioned places, such as buses, public restrooms and water fountains. Blacks are not allowed to serve on juries; nor are white women. Romantic interaction between whites and blacks is a forbidden sin: Tom pays for his actions (innocent though they may be) with his life, and Dolphus Raymond's desire to keep his black mistress ends with the suicide of his fiance and his castigation by most of Maycomb's white society. Dolphus's "mixed" children are not welcome by whites or blacks. The white women of the Missionary Circle complain about everything under the sun, but they become upset with the slightest complaint by their black servants.

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