The Growing Consciousness of a Child
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"Scout doesn't understand it."
"I most certainly do!"
"Entailments are bad."
In the courtroom scene, Jem and Scout are sitting in the balcony with the rest of the negroes and talking to Reverend Sykes. Jem says, "I think it's okay Reverend, she doesn't understand it," after he tells Jem to take Scout home. Scout replies by saying, "I most certainly do, I c'n understand anything you can." (231)
While Atticus was sitting out in front of the Maycomb county jail and the mob comes by, Scout grew up a little bit and was able to relate to the adults a little better. She tried to be a little older when she tried to talk to Mr. Cunningham about things that he was interested in, in this case, his entailment. (205)
In the very last part of the book, when Scout walks Boo Radley home and she turns around to look at the neighborhood from his porch, she sees a lot of moments from her childhood in his perspective. She finally understands what it was like to understand someone because she "climbed into his skin and walked around in it," as Atticus would say. (373-374)
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