"Don't say hey to me, you ugly girl! You say good afternoon, Mrs. Dubose!"
"Hey, Mrs. Dubose."
Something is wrong.
"Good evening, Mrs. Dubose! You look like a picture this evening."
My father is the bravest man alive.
When Jem and Scout walked past Mrs. Dubose's house, Jem told Scout to not make any physical eye contact with her nor speak to her. Scout did not listen to Jem and greeted Mrs. Dubose with a "hey." Mrs. Dubose did not take the type of greeting very well and fired back at Scout.
" 'Your father's no better than the niggers and trash he works for!' "
As Jem and Scout turn the corner of Mrs. Dubose's house, they bump into their father, Atticus. Every evening as Atticus comes home from work, he would always see Jem upset about something Mrs. Dubose said. He told Jem that she is an elderly, cranky woman and encourages Jem and Scout to not let her cruel words affect them.
Mrs. Dubose looks friendly.
After having a small talk with Jem and Scout, Atticus went up to Mrs. Dubose and politely greeted her. Jem thought his father was the bravest man who ever lived.
Atticus reached down and picked up the candy box. He handed it to Jem.
" 'She had Jessie fix you this box-' "
As Jem and Scout walked past Mrs. Dubose's house, Mrs. Dubose asked them where they were going during this time of day. Jem said that they were going around town. Mrs. Dubose thought they he was lying and started to yell at Jem and Scout. She even tormented Scout saying that girls shouldn't be wearing overalls and such. She was angered by the fact that Atticus supported the Blacks.
Mrs. Dubose told her daughter, Jessie, to let Jem and Scout in. She was laying under a pile of quilts, and Jem thought she looked quite friendly. Jem and Scout pulled out chairs near her bed and opened the book, Ivanhoe, she insisted that they get closer. Jem was scared; he wanted to pull his chair back, then he reopened his book and began reading.
Mrs. Dubose had a special gift for Jem before she passed away. She told her daughter to fix it up a bit and give it to Jem. Atticus gave the box to Jem. Inside was a white, waxy, perfect camellia; it was a "Snow-on-the-Mountain." Jem couldn't believe it. As Scout went off to bed, she saw Jem fingering the wide petals of the camellia. Jem probably misses Mrs. Dubose.