To Kill a Mockingbird

Why does Miss Maudie feel the same way she does about her house's condition now?

Chapter 8

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Miss. Maudie's real love is for her flowers. The garden is her home. Thus, the place she sleeps is secondary.

“Always wanted a smaller house, Jem Finch. Gives me more yard. Just think, I’ll

have more room for my azaleas now!”

“You ain’t grievin‘, Miss Maudie?” I asked, surprised. Atticus said her house was

nearly all she had.

“Grieving, child? Why, I hated that old cow barn. Thought of settin‘ fire to it a

hundred times myself, except they’d lock me up.”


“Don’t you worry about me, Jean Louise Finch. There are ways of doing things

you don’t know about. Why, I’ll build me a little house and take me a couple of

roomers and—gracious, I’ll have the finest yard in Alabama. Those

Bellingraths’ll look plain puny when I get started!”


To Kill a Mockingbird/ Chapter 8