Could you tell me about the setting of the Women's Missionary Circle in chapter 24 of To Kill a Mockingbird?
I would confirm that the missionary circle takes place at the Finches' home under the care of Aunt Alexandra during the end of summer before the kids go back to school, in August.
Aunt Alexandra was hosting this event so that the ladies of Maycomb who helped support the missionary J. Grimes Everett would have the opportunity to learn about where their donations are going and what the donations are doing. However, we find that through Scout's eyes, the missionary circle is about much more than that. They gossip and participate in terrible hypocrisy.
The significance of this event in this time and this place is that it allows Scout to discover some disturbing information in the kitchen about Tom Robinson. Had the meeting been at someone else's house, Scout might not have learned the information because she likely wouldn't have gone. Being the end of summer, the trial is still fresh in everyone's minds and it is almost too much to bear for the Finch family. This build great suspense.
The setting of the missionary circle takes place sometime in the late summer after Tom Robinson's trial. Aunt Alexandra hosts the missionary circle at her brother Atticus's home and invites Scout to attend the social event. During the missionary circle, the local ladies dress up and socialize about J. Grimes Everett's missionary work in Africa. The social event consists of women gossiping about local events while Scout, Alexandra, and Calpurnia hand out refreshments and cookies. Scout is astonished to witness the blatant hypocrisy and prejudice among the females. Mrs. Merriweather makes several racist, ignorant comments and indirectly criticizes Atticus for defending Tom Robinson. Fortunately, Miss Maudie confronts Mrs. Merriweather and is able to calm Scout's nerves when the other ladies begin to ask her questions. Overall, the missionary circle takes place in Atticus's living room during the late summer, and the local females gossip about current events the entire time.