To Kill a Mockingbird

What is Lee trying to explain in chapter one about maycomb?


"Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summers day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum." Page 5

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Scout is trying to say that Maycomb is a small Southern town where nothing much happens. It is hot in the summers and people are set in their ways.

People doing what people do in maycomb

What the town of Maycomb County is like.