What are some "luminary" phrases or words in Chapter 26 that reflect upon the rest of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird?
Scout's third grade teacher, Miss Gates, enlightens Scout on her views about Adolph Hitler, democracy, The Grit Paper and her own racism in Chapter 26 of Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Miss Gates vehemently opposes Hitler's treatment of the Jews in Germany ("there are no better people in the world than the Jews") and is proud to be an American--a world in which "We are a Democracy." However, Scout is less certain about her view about the down-home newspaper;
... but in some way it was associated with liking fiddling, eating syrupy biscuits for lunch, being a holy-roller, singing Sweetly Sings the Donkey and pronouncing it "dunkey," all of which the state paid teachers to discourage.
But Scout is quite sure about Miss Gates' two-faced approach to bigotry in her own town.
"... Miss Gates was... talking with Miss Stephanie Crawford. I heard her say it was time someone taught 'em a lesson, they were gettin' way above themselves, an' the next thing they think they can do is marry us."
Miss Gates is, of course, speaking about the black community of Maycomb and their feelings about the Tom Robinson conviction. Even Scout can see the contradiction: "...how can you hate Hitler so bad an' then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home--"
Aside from Miss Gates' visions of life, Scout discovers that the Radley place "no longer terrified me," and she feels remorse
... at ever having taken part in what must have been sheer terror to Arthur Radley.
It was only a fantasy. We would never see him... He would never gaze at us.