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Scout eavesdrops on what Atticus says to Uncle Jack. Atticus says that he hopes that he can get his children through the ordeal without having them catch "Maycomb's usual disease," when "people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up." Atticus hopes that Jem and Scout will look to him for their answers rather than to the townspeople. Then he calls out Scout's name and tells her to go to bed. She runs back to her room. We know there are some ugly times ahead for Jem and Scout because of the ingrained racial bigotry in the town. Years later, the narrator, an aged Scout, explains she eventually came to understand that Atticus wanted her to hear everything he said.