In "To Kill a Mockingbird", why did Aunt Alexandra come to stay with the Finches?

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Aunt Alexandra decides to stay with the Finches to give Scout "some feminine influence" (Chap 13). However, it has become apparent that there is more to the reason than that as Atticus lets Scout know that he will be very busy during the summer, he has the trial, and Aunt Alexandra is really "doing me [Atticus] a favor as well as you all" (Chap. 13). Aunt Alexandra's discipline becomes a difficult barrier for Scout and places a wedge between Scout and her father, Atticus, for a short while.