He shouldn't drown his food in syrup, that's disrespectful.
You get in the kitchen right now!
Why am I in trouble? I didn't do anything wrong!
There are people like him that have nothing! If you have a guest, you make him feel at home!
Here, Scout invited Walter Cunningham, a boy from school over to her house for dinner. She did beat him up even though he was much bigger than her, but they quickly got over it. Walter comes from a poor family that doesn't have enough money for regular things, so the Cunninghams try to be faithful by paying others back with crops. The Great Depression hit farmers around the worst, which is why they were so poor and miserable. Scout meanwhile wonder's about why Walter is pouring so much syrup on his food. She thinks that this was disgusting and that he should show some manners. Walter on the other hand is quite happy and is treating himself to a delicious meal that he can't have at home. He couldn’t even pay for his own lunch at school, and that is pretty bad. He is probably starving and eating enough to calm his stomach down. He has his feelings hurt when Scout comments about seeing him like this. Walter doesn’t really understand why she is doing this to him, as he is just treating himself as a guest in their house. He has a hard time finding food all the time, so food is kind of scarce for him.
Here, Calpurnia takes notice on Scout's behavior. She seems to be very angry with Scout for treating Walter like this. She demanded Scout to go into the kitchen immediately to talk about this situation. Scout is confused, as she doesn't understand what she did wrong. She thought all she did was tell Walter to show some table manners and stop ruining his dinner. There is nothing wrong with telling somebody that they should at least show a bit of decency when eating their food at the table is what she thought. She’s never been told to act like Walter ever before in her house before, so she doesn’t understand why Walter gets to. She didn’t understand why he was putting so much syrup on his food, as if he was ruining the food Scout’s family was offering him. Jem certainly didn’t act this way, and he was her brother of all people. Boys do all sorts of strange things according to Scout, but this was above all random. Eventually, Scout decided to hear what Cal had to say to her about this little thing. Hopefully she might understand what was so wrong with what she did to Walter in the first place.
Here, Calpurnia takes Scout into the kitchen and tells her that Walter comes from a very poor family, and that she should treat him as a guest and make him feel at home. Cal also told Scout that there are many families and kids just like Walter's that are very poor and have nothing to eat, and that she should treat him better. He is their guest, and as his host, she should make himself feel at home and appreciated. Scout was the one who invited him over, so she should try to see life through his eyes before just judging him. Also, Scout thought he was just one of those Cunninghams, one of those farmers. Cal said that no matter what family he came from he should try to help him the best that she can, and not to be so prejudice against him. Cal was black herself and knew how it felt to be poor, and it was not pretty. Many families were greatly affected by the Great Depression, especially the farmers. Scout did feel a bit ashamed of what she did after that. Cal is certainly very good at giving good pep talks when people need to hear them.