As a Scout, she tries to explain the bad situation to Miss Caroline by simply saying, “Cunningham,” she tells readers, “I thought I had done things quite clearly. It was pretty clear to the rest of us. The children do not expect Miss Caroline to understand the intricacies of their city, but they are obliged to broaden their view of the world if they realize that “a Cunningham is a Cunningham” is not a sufficient explanation for a newcomer from Maycomb. That evening, Scout Atticus recounts her day and hopes she doesn`t need to go back to school – not Burris Ewell. Atticus explains why the Ewells receive special attention and then tells Scout, “You never really understand a person . . . until you get into his skin and get through it.` These words remain with Scout, and she will attempt with different successes to follow Atticus` advice throughout history. It is interesting to note that their friendship with him will save Atticus in a life-threatening situation, despite Scout`s protests that Walter Cunningham “let me start off on the wrong foot.” Atticus Finch: You never really understand a person. . until we look at things from his point of view. Scout: Sir? Atticus Finch: Until you climb into your skin and go. Scout: But if I keep going to school, we`ll never be able to read again.
Atticus Finch: Scout . . . Do you know what a compromise is? Scout: Bend the law? Atticus Finch: . . No no. It is an agreement that has been reached by mutual agreement. Right now… Here`s how it works. They admit the need to go to school, we will read properly every night. .
As we always have. Is this a good deal? In these two chapters, Lee Scout uses to help the reader better understand the Maycomb community and how it works. Scout`s classmates meet adult family members later in the book. The children introduced into these chapters are a microcosm of their families. Walter Cunningham, for example, like his father, is polite, self-unreasonable and not willing to accept charity. The reader also learns that the Ewells are an unassy family. Burris Ewell shows the same traits that make his father Bob Ewell so unsympathetic. The art of compromise. Despite Atticus` questions about the Scout`s first day of school, she doesn`t say much. Scout is desperate for the idea of not being able to read at home, but reluctantly to tell Atticus after the troubles she`s been in all day.
Atticus is very understanding and offers a compromise: “If you recognize the need to go to school, we will continue to read every night, as we always do.” Surprisingly, Atticus asks that she hide her consent from Miss Caroline and that Scout present the idea of a white lie.