To Kill a Mockingbird

In Chapter 13, the children get a surprise from their father Atticus Finch. He asks his children, "How would you like Aunt Alexandra to come live with us?" How do you think the children feel about that? What are their specifications?

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Chapter 13
"Put my bag in front bedroom, Calpurnia," was the first thing Aunt Alexandra said. "Jean Louise, stop scratching your head," was the second thing she said.
Calpurnia picked up Aunty's heavy suitcase and opened the door. "I'll take it," said Jem, and took it. I heard the suitcase hit the bedroom floor with a thump. The sound had a dull permanence about it.
"Have you come for a visit, Aunty?" I asked. Aunt Alexandra's visits from the Landing were rare, and she traveled in state. She owned a bright green square Buick and a black chauffeur, both kept in an unhealthy state of tideniess, but today they were nowhere to be seen.
"Didn't your father tell you?" she asked.
Jem and I shook our heads.
"Probably he forgot. He's not in yet, is he?"
"Nome, he doesn't usually get back till late afternoon," said Jem.
"Well your father and I decided it was time I came to stay with you for a while."
"For a while" in Maycomb meant anything from three days to three years. Jem and I exchanged glances.


[Moving onto the part where it says that Atticus wanted Aunty Alexandra to stay with them for a while].

The remainder of the afternoon went by in the gentle gloom that descends when relatives appear, but was dispelled when we heard a car turn in the driveway. It was Atticus, home from Montgomery. Jem, forgetting his dignity, ran with me to meet him. Jem seized his briefcase, and bag, I jumped into his arms, felt his vague dry kiss and said, "'doyou bring me a book? 'dyou know Aunty's here?"
Atticus answered both questions in the affirmative. "How'd you like for her to come live with us?"
I said I would like it very much, which was a lie, but one must lie under certain circumstances and at all times when one can't do anything about them.


So, to wrap this question up, how do you think the children felt about Aunt Alexandra coming to live with them? How do you think Jem felt about it? Do you think he was okay with it, or do you think it wasn't a good idea?


[Got this from page 145-146 chapter 13 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee].


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Scout isn't happy about her aunt moving in, but she's smart enough not to say that outloud.

I said I would like it very much, which was a lie, but one must lie under certain circumstances and at all times when one can’t do anything about them.

Jem doesn't comment one way or the other except to ask if Uncle Jimmy would be staying with them too.



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