lee states the novel is love story pure and simple, her love of the south
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I think the Harper Lee begins her story with nostalgia about the American South. Scout narrates about her family's odd history, "All we had was Simon Finch, a fur-trapping apothecary..." There is a sense of ownership in Scout's tone that proclaims, although not glamorous, this is her history and she's sticking to it. Scout's tone also paints a picture of a boring predictable rhythm that seems all but lost in today's world, "A day was twenty-four hours but seemed longer. There was no hurry for there was nowhere to go." Scout, Jem and Dill would play games under the hot summer sun on days that seemed to never end. Scout's life, before the Tom Robinson trial, was safe predictable and secure. There are plenty of colourful characters who colour Scout's world, like Dolphus Raymond, who seem unique to the South and its mythology.