Summary Of Miss Maudie In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Based on her actions in Chapter 22, it is clear that Miss Stephanie is extremely absorbed in drama. Rather than focusing on the actual trial, she focuses on the gossip points that arose in result of the trial. When the kids go to see her, she is recounting the events of the trial to Miss Maudie and Mr. Avery which demonstrates why she is considered the “English Channel of gossip.” Scout notes that “Miss Stephanie’s nose quivered with curiosity” which depicts Miss Stephanie’s temptation to ask them intrusive questions. Scout knew that the questions she wanted to ask included: “who all gave us permission to go to court,” “did Scout understand all the—?,” and “didn’t it make us mad to see our daddy beat?”

2) Miss Maudie says, "Atticus Finch won't win, he can't win, but he's the only man in these parts who can keep a jury out so long on a case like that. And I thought to myself, well we're making a step-it's just a baby step, but it's a step." Essentially, Miss Maudie is saying that the jury usually comes to a verdict in a couple minutes when it involves an African American. However, the fact that they took hours to decide the conviction shows that they put thought and effort into their decision instead of deciding that he is guilty simply because he is black. Atticus’s reason is similar to Miss Maudie’s in the sense that it concerns the length of the trial. Atticus tells Jem, “That jury took a few hours. An inevitable verdict, maybe, but usually it takes ‘em just a few

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