Additionally, Scout begins to realize the courage her father has, even though he is not the masculine hunter or fisherman like other fathers in town. Christmas came around and Scout was excited to see her Uncle Jack. Scout waits for him to come back, and is very afraid that something will happen to him while he is out, or that Atticus will catch him and discover that he is not at home. However, she had been standing in front of the Radley house. Atticus has a new case - defending Tom Robinson, a black man who attends church with Calpurnia. He cautions Scout that people, even their friends, might say dirty things to her, and tells her to keep her head up and avoid fighting. Scout was shocked and asked if all lawyers defend black people.
In some ways their snowman is analogous to the way blacks are treated in Maycomb. A Fight at Family Christmas A few weeks later, Christmas arrives, and with the holiday we meet other members of Scout's family - especially Uncle Jack, Aunt Alexandra, and Francis. Atticus says he won't win the case, but has to take it in order to keep his integrity. Let's take a look at some of the pivotal moments in this chapter. Dubose's house every afternoon and read to her.
Scout also does not get along with her cousin, Francis. Atticus told Dill that he had to tell Miss Rachel so that she could let his mom know he was ok and that he was going to ask Miss Rachel if it was ok if he spent the night. For the first time, real racial tensions begin to emerge in the novel. Alexandra constantly harped on the fact that Scout wore pants. Atticus came to the door way. Readers get the impression that Uncle Jack is less upset by Scout's language than by the fact that a girl is using that kind of language. She attacks Francis and is punished by Uncle Jack, who had warned her not to fight or curse.
When Atticus tells Scout they will not win the case but that will not keep him from trying, Scout tells him he sounds like Cousin Ike Finch, a Confederate veteran. He knows he will be facing a difficult trial and much criticism from his neighbors, but he is resolved to do it nevertheless. Christmas evening, she and Uncle Jack talk, and she explains to him where he went wrong in his discipline. Dubose, a cantankerous old lady who always shouts at Jem and Scout as they pass by. What she does know is that Francis is trying to say something bad about Atticus, and Scout is quick to jump to her father's defense. They see a man's shadow.
Jem gets his pants caught, and he has to leave them there, caught in the fence, so he can get away with Scout and Dill. Scout waited patiently for Francis to come out so she could beat him up. Make sure to read every To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter summary, and not just chapter 9. She said that Francis was already punished by her beating the crap out of him. Jack spanks her without hearing what Scout has to say, and Scout is upset. Uncle Jack was her favorite relative because he was so nice and funny.
Lee uses this reference to draw a connection between racial issues in the war and racist attitudes still present. Scout explained that when Atticus settles an argument between she and Jem he asks for both sides of the story. Dubose has a strange fit. In chapter 9, however, Lee begins to explicitly address issues of racism by describing reactions to Atticus's upcoming criminal defense of a black man. However, one day a rabid dog shows up in the community. Jack promises and keeps his word. Scout said that Francis was the most boring child she had ever met and that anything she did Francis would go and tell his mom who in turn would tell Atticus.
Jem was standing in the corner like the traitor he was. After they return to Maycomb, Scout tells Jack what Francis said and Jack becomes furious. One for Jem and one for Scout. Scout gets along well with her uncle but hates the idea of spending Christmas day at the house of her Aunt Alexandra, which is at the Finch' landing. These fights foreshadow the difficult times ahead for the Finch's as Atticus stands up for his beliefs while struggling to teach and protect his children.
At this time, Scout, Jem, Atticus, and Jack all go to visit Aunt Alexandra. Their Uncle Jack comes to stay for the Christmas season from Boston. Chapter 12 -Summer has arrived, but Dill isn't coming due to his mother getting remarried. However, he is resolved to see it through and this, in turn, makes his courage even more apparent to the reader. She listened in because they were discussing her behavior and she was waiting to see if Uncle Jack would break his promise to her and tell Atticus why she had fought Francis. When Jem sneaks back to get his pants later, and finds that they have been mended and hung up for him to retrieve, he is speechless.