Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird, is set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. The main character is a young girl named Scout Finch who lives with her father named Atticus, her brother named Jem and the housekeeper named Calpurnia. Calpurnia has been with the family since Mrs. Finch died and is a caregiver to Scout and Jem (1).
In chapter three, Walter Cunningham is invited for a meal at the Finch residence. Walter is a young boy from a poor family and drowns his food in syrup at the table. Scout protests this behavior loudly and is pulled into the kitchen by Calpurnia. Calpurnia informs Scout that Walter is a guest and guests are to be treated with respect (1).
Miss Caroline is Scout's first grade teacher and new to Maycomb. In chapter two, Walter Cunninigham does not have a lunch and Miss Caroline assumes that he has forgotten it at home. She offers him a quarter to buy lunch and repay her the next day. Scout tries to explain to Miss Caroline that Walter won't take anything he can't pay back by saying he is a Cunningham. Miss Caroline does not understand that Scout is trying to help with her socialization of Maycomb's ways (1).