Chapter 11 To Kill A Mockingbird

Chapter 11 To Kill A Mockingbird

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  • Are you playing hooky? Miss Maudie Atkinson told me you were! I'll tell Atticus!
  • Your n*gger loving father is ruining your family name, as are you, girl! Soon you'll be waiting on people at the O.K Cafe!
  • Mrs. Dubose is on the porch of her house, shouting at Jem and Scout Finch as they walk by. It is Jem's twelfth birthday and he is using his birthday money to buy gifts for himself and Scout.
  • Jem, what happened? I thought I would have more trouble with Scout.
  • That hag called you a n*gger lover! And she wants me to read to her everyday!
  • Mrs. Dubose assumes the children are playing hooky and tells Scout she's not a proper lady and will soon be waiting on people at the O.K Cafe. She also calls Atticus a "n*gger lover". Jem is visibly angry at this insult.
  • Jem, what the heck
  • The children go to the store. Jem gets a steam engine and Scout gets a baton that she always wanted. On the way back from the store, Jem is described by Scout as "for a few minutes, he simply went mad" when he uses Scout's baton to destroy Mrs. Dubose's bushes.
  • Mrs. Dubose is the most courageous person I know, because she knew she was licked but she still went fighting.
  • Why can't she just leave me alone??
  • Atticus comes to know of the incident and sends Jem to apologize to Mrs. Dubose. As an apology, Mrs. Dubose wants Jem to read to her every evening.
  • At the end of the readings, Mrs. Dubose has fits of some sort. The children are frightened by this. Scout also has a talk with Atticus, where Atticus explains what a n*gger lover is and how he considers himself one. 
  • Mrs. Dubose dies of old age a month after the children finish. It is revealed that she used to be a drug addict and she wanted the children to read to her as a distraction from her withdrawal symptoms. She had made a Snow-On-The-Mountain for Jem, as a gift. Atticus then talks about how Mrs. Dubose was the most courageous person he ever met because she never stopped fighting.
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