To Kill a Mockingbird
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Why does Dolphus Raymond pretend to be a drunk?
Later, Scout and Dill find out that Mr. Raymond does care about what other people think, but not in the way they expected. His paper bag turns out to be hiding not whisky but Coke, and his constant drunkenness is a put-on. He explains to the kids why he does it: “When I come to town, […] if I weave a little and drink out of this sack, folks can say Dolphus Raymond's in the clutches of whiskey – that's why he won't change his ways. He can't help himself, that's why he lives the way he does” (20.15). Like Calpurnia’s speaking one language at home with the Finches and another at the African-American Church, Mr. Raymond’s double life shows Scout the compromises people have to make in order to live in communities where they don’t quite fit in."
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