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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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SCOUT THE FIGHTER.  Scout is quick to use her fists when the words of others anger her, and she has no problem handling herself with the boys she fights, even holding her own against her older brother. She promises Atticus that she will walk away from her pugilistic tendencies, but she has a few setbacks, especially with her obnoxious Cousin Francis. After he calls Scout and Atticus a "nigger-lover," she cannot restrain herself.

     This time, I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth. My left impaired, I sailed in with my right..."  (Chapter 9)

She forgets her promise again on the night the lynch mob confronts Atticus at the jail. When one of the men "yanked Jem nearly off his feet,"

... I kicked the man swiftly. Barefooted, I was surprised to see him fall back in real pain. I intended to kick his shin, but aimed to high.   (Chapter 15)

SCOUT THE LADY.  Scout rebuffs most attempts to make her into a lady, and at the Missionary Circle tea she witnesses most unladylike behavior from many of the "devout" women there. But she recognizes real ladies when she sees them, and she is impressed with the behavior of Miss Maudie and her Aunt Alexandra after they compose themselves after learning of Tom's death. When they return to serving refreshments as if nothing has happened, she decides that

     After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I.  (Chapter 24)  

SCOUT THE ROMANTIC.  Scout is happiest when her "permanent fiance," Dill, is around, and she misses him mightily when he returns home to Meridian each summer.

... summer was Dill by the fishpool smoking string, Dill's eyes alive with complicated plans to make Boo Radley emerge; summer was the swiftness with which Dill would reach up and kiss me when Jem was not looking, the longings we sometimes felt each other feel. With him life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.  (Chapter 12)

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