Miss Caroline about students: Assumes that they are all illiterate and that they have money:
"she discovered that I was literate and looked at me with more than faint distaste. Miss Caroline told me to tell my father not to teach me any more, it would interfere with my reading." (Lee 19)
"Here's a quarter," she said to
Walter. "Go and eat downtown today. You can pay me back tomorrow." (Lee 21)
Students about Miss: "When Alabama seceded from the Union on January 11, 1861, Winston County seceded from Alabama, and every child in Maycomb County knew it.) North Alabama was full of Liquor Interests, Big Mules, steel companies, Republicans, professors, and other persons of no background."
Atticus believes that sometimes, certain people are allowed to bend the rules and break the law
"You, Miss Scout Finch, are of the common folk. You must obey the law." He said that the Ewells were members of an exclusive society made up of Ewells. In certain circumstances the common folk judiciously allowed them certain privileges by the simple method of becoming blind to some of the Ewells' activities. They didn't have to go to school, for one thing. Another thing, Mr. Bob Ewell, Burris's father, was permitted to hunt and trap out of season.
"Atticus, that's bad," I said. In Maycomb County, hunting out of season was a misdemeanor at law, a capital felony in the eyes of the populace.
"It's against the law, all right," said my father, "and it's certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains. I don't know of any landowner around here who begrudges those children any
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game their father can hit."
"Mr. Ewell shouldn't do that-"
"Of course he shouldn't, but he'll never change his ways. Are you going to take out
your disapproval on his children?" (Lee 34)
Jem: "Well, Indian-heads—well, they come from the Indians. They're real strong magic, they
make you have good luck. Not like fried chicken when you're not lookin' for it, but things like long life 'n' good health, 'n' passin' six-weeks tests... these are real valuable to somebody" (Lee 40)
"A Hot Steam's somebody who can't get to heaven, just wallows around on lonesome roads an' if you walk through him, when you die you'll be one too, an' you'll go around at night suckin' people's breath-"
"How can you keep from passing through one?"
"You can't," said Jem. "Sometimes they stretch all the way across the road, but if you hafta go through one you say, 'Angel-bright, life-in-death; get off the road, don't suck my breath.' That keeps 'em from wrapping around you-" (Lee 41)
Dill: "—smell—death," he said. "I do, I mean it," he said, when I told him to shut up.
"You mean when somebody's dyin' you can smell it?"
"No, I mean I can smell somebody an' tell if they're gonna die. An old lady taught me how." (Lee 41)
Scout: She believes in the Boo Radley rumors. " was fairly sure Boo Radley was inside that house, but I couldn't prove it, and felt it
best to keep my mouth shut or I would be accused of believing in Hot Steams, phenomena I was immune to in the daytime." (Lee 43)