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Scout is forced to wear a dress and attend Aunt Alexandra's tea party. Scout attempts to put on a show for the ladies; the kind of "girl" who they like to see. The whole thing is painful and fails. Scout is frustrated by the social pretences that the women demand. She hates the endless gossip and games they play. They spout hateful comments veiled behind church doctrine and Southern "civility". Scout prefers the company of men who, despite their faults, speak plainly and without pretence.