Atticus is certainly not a "run-of-the-mill" man, which is something that Dolphus Raymond recognizes and shares with Scout outside of the courthouse. Atticus possesses several distinct qualities that make him different from his prejudiced neighbors and peers. Primarily, Dolphus is referencing Atticus's integrity and courage to defend a black man in a court of law. Unlike the majority of Maycomb's population, Atticus is not prejudiced and believes in racial equality. Atticus not only believes in racial equality, but is willing to challenge racial injustice by valiantly defending Tom Robinson and exposing Bob and Mayella as liars. Although Atticus is a composed, tolerant man, he has no sympathy for anyone willing to cheat a black person. In chapter 23, Atticus tells Jem,
As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash (224).
Atticus's integrity and willingness to remain true to himself is another admirable, distinct quality he possesses. Atticus's decision to defend Tom despite the community's negative reaction illustrates his integrity. Atticus attempts to teach Scout the importance of following her conscience in chapter 11 by saying,
Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience (108).
In addition to exercising integrity and demonstrating courage in the face of adversity, Atticus is also a tolerant, sympathetic individual. Rather than argue or challenge those who disagree with him, Atticus keeps his composure and treats his neighbors with respect. For example, Atticus encourages Jem to not get upset with Mrs. Dubose and tells him,
She’s an old lady and she’s ill. You just hold your head high and be a gentleman. Whatever she says to you, it’s your job not to let her make you mad (103).
Atticus also forgives Walter Cunningham for leading a hostile lynch mob that threatened Tom's life and his family's safety. In chapter 16, Atticus tells the children,
Mr. Cunningham’s basically a good man...he just has his blind spots along with the rest of us (159).
Overall, Dolphus Raymond acknowledges that Atticus is not a "run-of-the-mill man" and admires his honesty, integrity, and courage in the face of adversity.