To Kill a Mockingbird

What does Scout comparison of Mayella to "a steady eyed cat with a twitchy tail" suggest?

this is in chapter 18.  please help

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Scout viewed Mayella's initial testimony as steady (calm, convincing). The "twitching tail" would lead us to believe that Mayella was confidant and sure of herself. Considering the lawyer for the prosecution was questioning her, she might very well have appeared sure of herself. None-the-less, that didn't last long. Atticus' questioning destroyed her composure almost immediately. 


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