Miss Caroline, who was new at the town of Maycomb, Alabama, did not know much of how the small town runs. She teaches first grade and encountered a student named Walter Cunningham, who did not have food for lunch so she decided to lend him a quarter that has to be paid the following day.
Scout Finch, who knew tales about the Cunningham's reputation from Atticus, told Miss Caroline that a Cunningham wouldn't take anything they can't pay back. Shocked by the way Scout worded her explanation, Miss Caroline reprimanded her of being impolite and too outspoken.
On her way home, Scout caught up to Walter at the school yard. Scout blamed Walter of the way she was treated at the classroom when Jem came by and stopped his sister from her behavior. Jem initiated a conversation about Walter's dad who was once a client of Atticus and eventually invited Walter over for dinner.
Atticus greeted Walter and had a good exchange of information about the crops that Scout and Jem have failed to follow.
As Walter was having a discussion of farm problems with Atticus, he asked for any molasses and started pouring plenty of it on his food. Scout did not fail to notice a lot of syrup on Walter's food and called him out for it.
Because of Scout's unpleasant behavior, she was excused by Calpurnia in the kitchen. Calpurnia began educating Scout of how each individual's way of practice in many aspects in life wouldn't always be the same as hers. Calpurnia reminded Scout to be respectful on how other people were brought up in a society.