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Scout the Fighter. Scout has promised Atticus that she will no longer use her fists when she loses her temper, and when Cecil Jacobs provokes her by claiming that Atticus "defended niggers" and that she was a " 'Cow--ward!' ", she manages to restrain herself.
I drew a bead on him, remembered what Atticus had said, then dropped my fists and walked away... It was the first time I ever walked away from a fight.
Somehow, if I fought Cecil I would let Atticus down. Atticus so rarely asked Jem and me to do something for him, I could take being called a coward for him. I felt extremely noble for having remembered... (Chapter 9)
Her decision shows that Scout is both maturing and learning to control her temper although she will soon revert to her old habits when she attacks Cousin Francis, splitting "my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth."
Scout the Lady. Scout dresses in her Sunday finest for Aunt Alexandra's missionary circle tea and is on her best behavior. Alexandra wants Scout to observe first-hand how the most "devout" ladies in Maycomb act, but Scout is not impressed with their gossiping, backbiting and racially motivated remarks about the town's black citizens. Worse of all is the hypocrisy they exhibit. When Atticus leaves after bringing the news of Tom's death, Alexandra and Maudie dry their tears and return to serving their guests as if nothing had happened. Scout is impressed and she recognizes the difference between them and the other supposed ladies in the room. She decides to join them.
After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I. (Chapter 24)
It is Scout's first big step toward ladyhood.
Scout and Boo. Scout has long since given up her old ideas about Boo Radley being a ghoul; now, she fantasizes about meeting Boo one day and carrying on a cordial conversation with him. She never expects this "fantasy" to come true, but there is Boo standing in front of her as Atticus and Sheriff Tate discuss Bob Ewell's attack on the children. Boo brings out Scout's best inner feminine qualities, and she treats him as the special house guest he is before escorting him home. Scout recognizes that involving Boo in Bob's death would
"... be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?" (Chapter 30)
And while standing on Boo's porch looking out over her neighborhood as if in Boo's shoes and seeing things through his eyes, she is able to understand Boo's perspective as he watched "his children" at play.
Atticus was right. One time he said you really never know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough. (Chapter 31)
It was a giant step toward growing up for Scout, who decided that now "there wasn't much else left for us to learn, except possibly algebra."
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