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Dolphus Raymond is a wealthy white man who is a sympathetic minor character in the novel. He is viewed as an outcast in Maycomb for associating with black people and having several biracial children. He drinks out of a paper bag and is rumored to be an alcoholic. In chapter 20, Scout and Dill leave the courtroom, and Dolphus Raymond befriends them by offering Dill a drink out of his paper bag to settle his stomach. The children are astonished to discover that Dolphus drinks Coca-Cola from the paper bag, and he proceeds to explain to them why he feigns alcoholism. Dolphus tells the children that he feigns alcoholism to give people a reason to justify why he associates with black people, which is taboo in Maycomb's racist, segregated society. Essentially, Dolphus enjoys associating with black people and feigns alcoholism to avoid conflict with his racist neighbors. Instead of courageously challenging Maycomb's racial prejudice, Dolphus cowardly feigns alcoholism to justify his actions.

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Dolphus Raymond is a white man in Maycomb who seems to prefer living with the blacks. In fact he has children with a black woman. This is quite unheard of in a town as steeped in prejudice and racism as Maycomb, all the more so as Raymond is actually from a wealthy family. Scout and Jem often see him hovering around, when he always appears drunk. Later, however, the children make a startling discovery. He does not drink alcohol at all, he only pretends to. This is to give people a reason for his unconventional behaviour in living with a black woman - they just put it down to his drinking.

Dolphus Raymond provides an example of a character in Maycomb who refuses to live according to its strict code of conduct and racial segregation. However, although he is able to go against this code, he is not really capable of outright confrontation with society; he has to provide a cover, and, as far as we are shown, he only confides his secret to children. 

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