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Mrs Merriweather is known as the most devout lady in Maycomb. She is heavily involved with the church and various charities that the church finds "acceptable". The irony lies in the fact that she is both bigoted and unfeeling. She despises blacks in her own community yet wants to help the "savages" in Africa. She feels Tom is guilty despite any evidence to the contrary. She feels the blacks are just sulking after the trial.