I assume you are asking about a show of affection that Scout received from a neighbor woman. This is in chapter 5 when Scout begins spending more time with Miss Maudie. Miss Maudie becomes an important feminine influence for Scout at this time. When the boys seclude Scout from their playing, Miss Maudie takes Scout into her confidence; "With a click of her tongue she thrust out her bridgework, a gesture of cordiality that cemented our friendship" (Lee). This personal gesture proved to Scout that Miss Maude could be trusted. Scout needed a motherly figure whom she could talk openly with, and Miss Maudie became that person.