Why did Uncle Jack spank Scout? What was Atticus' reaction?

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Jack spanks Scout because she beats up Aunt Alexandra’s grandson for calling Atticus a cruel name.  As a result, Uncle Jack spanks Scout without hearing her reason for acting so violently. Later when Uncle Jack finds out the whole story, that Francis had been calling Atticus cruel names for defending...

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Jack spanks Scout because she beats up Aunt Alexandra’s grandson for calling Atticus a cruel name.  As a result, Uncle Jack spanks Scout without hearing her reason for acting so violently. Later when Uncle Jack finds out the whole story, that Francis had been calling Atticus cruel names for defending Tom Robinson, he regrets his actions.

Atticus knew that defending Tom Robinson would cause trouble for his family and that people would talk poorly about him for his decision. He has warned Scout not to fight with people if they talk badly about him.

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Uncle Jack spanked Scout after she had "split my knuckle to the bone on his (cousin Francis') front teeth." Scout never got along with her cousin Francis, and when he called Atticus a "nigger-lover," and then repeated the remark to her, Scout decided to take action. She waited for Franciks to separate himself from Aunt Alexandra, and then she let him have it. Jack pulled her off him, but when she tried to run, her uncle spanked her, leaving "seven or eight red marks."

Atticus wasn't too upset. He chuckled. "She earned it, so don't feel too remorseful," he told his brother.

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