Why does Scout say she is more comfortable in her dad's world in To Kill a Mockingbird?  

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You may have noticed that Scout has absolutely no female friends her age during the course of the novel. She is a true tomboy, preferring to spend her time with Jem (and Dill each summer) instead of playing with dolls or other things that little girls normally do. Her only true female friends are Miss Maudie, a woman who treats her as an equal and who "never played cat-and-mouse with us"; and Calpurnia, who Scout slowly grows to love and admire. Scout adores her father, and she looks forward to visits from her Uncle Jack at Christmas. She falls in love with Dill, who becomes her "permanent fiance," and her life is not the same when he is away. But women are alien to Scout. She doesn't get along with her female teachers, and she never takes to the domineering Aunt Alexandra. At the Missionary Circle tea, Scout sees first-hand "the world of women," and how "There was no doubt about it, I must soon enter this world." It is one reason why Scout is not rushing into becoming a lady, who

... seemed to live in faint horror of men, seemed unwilling to approve wholeheartedly of them. But I liked them. There was something about them... that I instinctively liked... they weren't--
     "Hypocrites... born hypocrites."  (Chapter 24)

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