" The Cunninghams never took anything they can't pay back—no church baskets and no scrip stamps. They never took anything off of anybody, they get along on what they have " (20).
" Atticus said the Ewells had been the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations. None of them had done an honest day's work in his recollection. He said that some Christmas, when he was getting rid of the tree, he would take me with him and show me where and how they lived. There were people, but they lived like animals. 'They can go to school any time they want to, when they show the faintest symptom of wanting an education. There are ways of keeping them in school by force, but it's silly to force people like the Ewells into a new environment— " (30).
" Jem thought he had enough to buy a miniature steam engine for himself and a twirling baton for me... it cost seventeen cents " (100).
" It’s not necessary to tell all you know. It’s not ladylike—in the second place, folks don’t like to have somebody around knowin‘ more than they do. It aggravates ’em. You’re not gonna change any of them by talkin‘ right, they’ve got to want to learn themselves, and when they don’t want to learn there’s nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language " (126).
" Jean Louise, there is no doubt in my mind that they're good folks. But they're not our kind of folks " (224).
" You know something, Scout? I’ve got it all figured out, now. I’ve thought about it a lot lately and I’ve got it figured out. There’s four kinds of folks in the world. There’s the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, there’s the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the dump, and the Negroes " (226).