What are some quotes of Atticus giving Scout and Jem freedom in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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ATTENDING THE TRIAL.  After Atticus discovers that Jem and Scout have witnessed nearly the entire trial, he escorts them home. Surprisingly, the children manage to talk Atticus into allowing them to return, against the wishes of Calpurnia and Alexandra.

"Well, you've heard it all, so you might as well hear the rest... This is their home, sister," said Atticus. "We've made it this way for them, they might as well learn to cope with it."  (Chapters 21-22)

MISS CAROLINE & READING.  Miss Caroline directed Scout to get no more teaching time from Atticus, since "your father does not know how to teach." Scout decided she didn't want to go back, but Atticus came up with a solution.

"Do you know what a compromise is?... (It's) an agreement reached by mutual concessions. It works this way... If you'll concede the necessity of going to school, we'll go on reading every night just as we always have. Is it a bargain?"  (Chapter 3)

TRUST IN ATTICUS.  While Atticus is discussing the trial with his brother, Jack, Scout eavedrops on his conversation. However, Atticus realizes she is listening, so he sends her a message of his own.

"I just hope Jem and Scout come to me for their answers instead of listening to the town. I hope they trust me enough... Jean Louise?... Go to bed."  (Chapter 9)

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