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I've always seen Miss. Maudie as a lovable grandmother...... she's never had children.
"Miss Maudie’s benevolence extended to Jem and Dill, whenever they paused in
their pursuits: we reaped the benefits of a talent Miss Maudie had hitherto kept
hidden from us. She made the best cakes in the neighborhood. When she was
admitted into our confidence, every time she baked she made a big cake and three little ones, and she would call across the street: “Jem Finch, Scout Finch, Charles Baker Harris, come here!” Our promptness was always rewarded."
Scout saw Miss. Maudie as their friend.
"Jem and I had considerable faith in Miss Maudie. She had never told on us, had never played cat-and-mouse with us, she was not at all interested in our private lives. She was our friend."
Aunt Alexandra saw herself as a motherly influence.
"Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly
hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandra’s vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my father’s lonely life."
“Jem’s growing up now and you are too,” she said to me. “We decided that it
would be best for you to have some feminine influence. It won’t be many years,
Jean Louise, before you become interested in clothes and boys—”
Alexandra was popular in Maycomb and took her place as a leader in society.
"Maycomb welcomed her. Miss Maudie Atkinson baked a Lane cake so loaded
with shinny it made me tight; Miss Stephanie Crawford had long visits with Aunt
Alexandra, consisting mostly of Miss Stephanie shaking her head and saying,
“Uh, uh, uh.” Miss Rachel next door had Aunty over for coffee in the afternoons, and Mr. Nathan Radley went so far as to come up in the front yard and say he was glad to see her."
"Her Missionary Society refreshments added to her reputation as a hostess (she did not permit Calpurnia to make the delicacies required to sustain the Society through long reports on Rice Christians); she joined and became Secretary of the Maycomb Amanuensis Club."
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