Why is Mrs. Dubose lengthening the sessions each time in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee?

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Mrs. Dubose is a morphine addict with a chronic illness, who is determined to conquer her addiction before she passes away. After Jem destroys her camellia bush, Atticus agrees to make Jem read to Mrs. Dubose for two hours each day for an entire month. Scout accompanies Jem over to Mrs. Dubose's home and listens to him read Ivanhoe to her for about twenty minutes before she begins to nod off and an alarm goes off. Mrs. Dubose's servant then enters her room and proceeds to give her a dose of morphine. Each day Jem reads to Mrs. Dubose, she seems to stay awake for longer periods of time. By gradually lengthening the time between her doses of morphine, Mrs. Dubose is finally able to conquer her addiction. Shortly after she passes away, Atticus explains to Jem that Mrs. Dubose was a morphine addict and the bravest person he's ever met. He also explains that Jem's reading helped occupy Mrs. Dubose's mind between her doses of morphine, which enabled her to conquer her...

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