Expecting it to be the sheriff and his crew, Scout jumps out of hiding to greet them. She orders Atticus to lecture them on the subject of their ancestry. She is especially hard on Scout, wanting her to be more ladylike. She is always on them about their manners, their clothes, and their language. The people who are set in their ways and want things the way they are because it is proper. Background Information Scout and Jem find their summer not shaping up the way it has been in the past.
She was an active part of the neighborhood, and she brought with her a sense of the social hierarchy of. Scout tried to figure out what Aunt Alexandria was doing there and asked if she was visiting. Aunt Alexandra Aunt Alexandra, Atticus' sister, tells Jem and Scout that she is here not just for a visit but to stay awhile. That night, Alexandra tries to talk Atticus into firing Calpurnia. Alexandra is not pleased with the way Atticus is raising the children and feels that she is needed. As he had talked, he had realized the ludicrous request Alexandra had made on him and his children and told them to ignore what he'd said.
They attend church with their black maid, Calpurnia, and learn more about the Tom Robinson case than they can fully process. So stunned, Scout begins to weep, which causes a change in Atticus. Alexandra moved right in and made herself at home, and soon enough it seemed as if she'd lived there forever. Summary of Chapter 13 Aunt Alexandra notifies them that she has come to stay with them. To her surprise, it's Dill.
There, one of the missionary ladies, Mrs. When he had said that, Scout had felt like the old Atticus was back. Jem joked that that must make the Ewells high class because they had lived behind the dump for 3 generations. He refers to himself as an adult, tells Scout that he will spank her, and tells Atticus that Dill has run away. Atticus painfully continued and said that Aunt Alexandria wanted to talk to them about their heritage.
The children begin to leave but, just then, a group of cars shows up. When they reach the jail, the find that Atticus is sitting outside in a chair reading the newspaper. She knocks on Jem's adjoining door to ask him about it, and he goes to get a broom in case it's a snake. Atticus tried to shut her up by saying the Finches could be made fun of because they were known for marrying cousins. One thing leads to another, and Scout tells Atticus about how she went to Church with Calpurnia. Cunningham to say hello to his son shows how truly unaware of the situation she is.
After the service, Reverend Syke's takes up a collection of money for Tom Robinson's wife, who has not been able to find work since her husband was brought up on charges of raping a white woman. A Surfacing Tension In Part Two of To Kill a Mockingbird, we begin to see Scout and Jem grow up and slightly apart. Atticus goes to the jail with the intention of preventing a lynch mob from getting to Tom Robinson. Lesson Summary Aunt Alexandra's presence is another example of the Finches being tested for what they believe is right. Jem insists on following his father to the jail, no doubt because he understands just what is going on and is concerned for his father's safety. Jem and Scout rushed to greet Atticus and Scout asked Atticus if he brought her home a book and if he knew Aunt Alexandria was there. His mature decision is a stark contrast to Scout's behavior when she able to diffuse the whole situation simply with innocence.
The following evening, Atticus goes into town, and Jem, Scout, and Dill follow him. The only time Scout saw Aunt Alexandria was at meal times. Jem said that yes he did and explained that Atticus had told him that Joshua S. She tells Scout to stop scratching her head. Alexandra seems to believe the children would benefit from a feminine influence, and so she has decided to stay for a time. Scout decided to ask Aunt Alexandria if she would miss Uncle Jimmy, her husband. Scout is angry at him for not taking her side and fights him.
One woman, Lula, criticizes Calpurnia for bringing white children to church, but the congregation is generally friendly, and Reverend Sykes welcomes them, saying that everyone knows their father. Alexandra even forces Atticus to teach Scout and Jem about their family history. Aunt Alexandria had the theory that the longer you lived in one place the more dignified you were. As part two of To Kill a Mockingbird begins, Scout and Jem find themselves dealing with adult issues of race, justice, and etiquette. Scout has never seen anything like their church before, and marvels at how the Church doesn't even have hymns.