To Kill a Mockingbird

What is Lee's purpose for inserting Raymond's conversation with Scout and Dill in the middle of the drama of the trial?

Chapter 20

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Mr. Raymond represents an alternate way of living that is so outside the experience of Maycomb. Really his lifestyle is of an egalitarian future when race isn't such an issue. For the time being Mr. Raymond has to act like a drunk to simply live without being a bigot or ignorant.