At Christmas when Atticus's brother Jack had come to stay for a week. While he was there they went to their sister Alexandra's house. This is where Scout had encountered Francis, and he had told Scout one night that Atticus was a "Nigger-Lover". Atticus had told Scout that no matter what they say about me defending a negro in court, try not to fight them. Well she had not listened very well and when Francis said that Scout had beat him up.
Jem and Scout were outside and all the sudden they see a mad dog walking toward the Finch's house. They tell Calpurnia and she calls Atticus. Atticus comes back with Sheriff Heck who has a rifle and tells Atticus to shoot the dog. He shot the dog on his first shot and later Miss.Maudie tells the kids that Atticus was waiting ti use his special talent that god had given him.
Calpurnia took the children to church with her. When the service was over the church was taking donations for Helen, Tom Johnson's wife. Scout had soon realized that this was the man that Atticus was defending in court.
Aunt Alexandra comes to stay with the Finch family for a while. She says that the reason for her staying is because she thinks that she can be a "feminine influence" to them. After this she tells Atticus that he needs to give the kids a lesson about their ancestors. So he attempted this but had only succeeded in making Scout cry.
Scout hat went to bed after over hearing Atticus and Aunt Alexandra talk about getting rid of Calpurnia. When she went to bed she had discovered something under her bed and called Jem in to help her look. They find out that it was Dill and, he had ran away from his mother and new father because they didn't pay enough attention to him.