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To kill a mocking bird

To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 1
Scout (Jean Louise) Finch narrates the story, beginning with a
brief family history. Simon Finch, a fur-trapping apothecary
journeyed from England to Alabama, establishing the family which
made its living from cotton on Simon”s homestead, Finch”s Landing.
The Civil War left the family only its land, which was the source
of family incomes until the twentieth century when Atticus Finch
(Scout”s father) and his brother Jack left the land for careers in
law and medicine. Atticus settled in Maycomb, the county seat of
Maycomb County, with a reasonably successful law practice about
twenty miles from Finch”s Landing, where his sister Alexandra
Scout describes Maycomb as a lethargic, hot, colorless, narrow-
minded town where she lives with her father, brother Jem (four
years older) and the family cook, Calpurnia. Scout”s mother had
When she was five, Scout and Jem found a new friend, Dill Harris
(“Goin” on seven”), next door in Miss Rachel Haverford”s collard
patch. Dill was Miss Rachel”s nephew from Meridian, Mississippi,
In the summertime, Jem, Scout and Dill usually played within the
boundaries of Mrs. Henry Dubose”s house (two doors north) and the
Radley place (three doors south). The Radley place fascinated the
children, because it was a popular subject of gossip and
superstition in Maycomb. Arthur Radley had gotten into trouble
with the law when he was a boy. Instead of being sent to the state
industrial school, his father took custody of him within their
house. He was not seen again for fifteen years. Many legends grew
up about the Radley house and about what went on inside. Miss
Stephanie Crawford, a neighborhood gossip, added fuel to the fire
– a fire which included stories of crime, mutilation, curses and


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