To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, why does Scout call her maid Calpurnia and Maudie, "Miss" Maudie? I need a good explaination. :)

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This is an interesting question but it's a little easier to understand if you live in the South. It is a longstanding custom among many Southerners to teach their children to call close friends and neighbors by their first names--with a "Miss" (or "Mister") preceding the name. Many men also preface a woman's name with "Miss," since Atticus often addresses the ladies in that manner. Since Stephanie Crawford, Rachel Haverford and Maudie Atkinson are longtime friends and neighbors, Atticus has passed on this custom to his children. Scout remembers it too late in the final chapters: When she meets Boo Radley for the first time, she addresses him as "Hey, Boo"; Atticus gently...

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