Calpurnia Quotes

What are three quotes from the book To Kill a Mockingbird  that prove that Calpurnia loves Scout or Jem in a motherly way?

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Calpurnia corrects Scout when she offends the Cunningham boy. Calpurnia acts as a mother figure in her correction:

Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house, they are company and don't let me catch you remarking on their ways like you were so high and mighty. (3.26-29)

Calpurnia teaches Scout that she is no better than others, a lesson she will forever hold on to:

“Yo’ folks might be better’n the Cunninghams but it don’t count for nothin’ the way you’re disgracin’ ‘em if you can't act fit to eat at the table you can just sit here and eat in the kitchen!” (3.26-29)

Calpurnia acts as a loving mother and teaches Jem and Scout about life. She does act as a parent and she gets total support from Atticus, and the children know this. 

Truly, Calpurnia is more than a cook. She takes her role as a mother quite seriously. Calpurnia could be the mother Jem and Scout never had because she is wise, caring, and patient with the kids. 

Calpurnia does love Jem and Scout in a motherly way. She corrects them with what she calls tough love and tender love. According to Scout, Calpurnia acts as a mother:

"Calpurnia bent down and kissed me. I ran along, wondering what had come over her. She had wanted to make up with me, that was it. She had always been too hard on me, she had at last seen the error of her fractious ways, she was sorry and too stubborn to say so."(3.75)

No doubt, Calpurnia cares deeply about the children. Atticus has the utmost respect for her and he encourages the children to listen to her with respect. He shares that Calpurnia is part of the family. He is speaking to his sister Alexandra:

 "Alexandra, Calpurnia's not leaving this house ... until she wants to. You may think otherwise, but I couldn't have got along without her all these years. She's a faithful member of this family and you'll simply have to accept things the way they are." (14.28)

Atticus is clear on the topic. Calpurnia is part of the family. He admits that he couldn't have done without her through the years. 

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