In To Kill a Mockingbird, who comes to live at Jem and Scout's house?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Atticus's sister Alexandra arrives in Maycomb with her suitcases in Chapter 13 of To Kill a Mockingbird.

When Scout inquires of her aunt if she has come "for a visit," Aunt Alexandra seems surprised. "Didn't your father tell you?" She then informs the children that she and Atticus have decided that it is appropriate for her "to stay for a while" because Jem and Scout are "growing up," and it would also be good for the children to have "some feminine influence." Alexandra's phrases imply that Scout should not be punching boys in the mouth as she did Francis at Christmas, and she should be wearing dresses and learn the social graces.

Aunt Alexandra also is concerned that during the summer the children are alone with only Calpurnia to care for them. Atticus himself is anxious about this coming summer because, as he tells Scout, "I can't stay here all day with you, and the summer's going to be a hot one." So, Aunt Alexandra will be at home for Jem and Scout.

cmcqueeney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Aunt Alexandra comes to live with Jem and Scout for a while.  She talks to Atticus about it and thinks it's necessary to be there so Scout has a female influence.  Scout sees no need for her to be there, because she is a tom-boy and is not yet interested in anything 'girly' like boys or clothes.  The aunt requires that Scout do more feminine things however, like attending her missionary socials.

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