What "subtle change" does Scout notice in her father in Chapter 16 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout sees that her father has finally decided to stand up to his sister, Alexandra, though

It was a quiet digging in, never outright irritation.

Alexandra has attempted to gain control over the Finch household ever since she has arrived from Finch's Landing--to wear the proverbial pants in the family while Atticus is busy preparing for the trial. Slowly but surely, Atticus has taken a stand against his domineering sister: He has refused to fire Calpurnia; he has defended his children on their nighttime venture to the jail, where they have saved Tom--and Atticus--from the lynch mob; he has defended his talking about B. B. Underwood's hatred of Negroes in front of Calpurnia; and Atticus allows Scout to drink coffee, despite "Aunty's warning frown."  

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