To Kill a Mockingbird

What reaction does Scout’s attempt to educate Miss Caroline regarding the Cunninghams provoke? How does the class react to Scout’s punishment?


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The children find it entertaining that Miss. Caroline doesn't understand anything about the families around Maycomb. The teacher taps Scout's hand with a ruler and makes her stand in the corner of the room. Scout and the children are puzzled by this very unthreatening form of "whipping," and the entire class laughs until a locally-born sixth grade teacher arrives and announces that she'll "burn up everybody" in the room if they aren't quiet.