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Alexandra also wanted Scout to dress the way she thought fit for a girl Scouts age. She told Scout she should be wearing a dress: “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches.” (Page 85-86) Aunt Alexandra had different views about the Cunninghams. She thought that everyone in the town who was of lower class then her had a bad streak running in their family. “Everybody in Maycomb, it seemed had a Streak, a Gambling Streak, a Mean Streak, a funny Streak.” (Page 132) The Cunninghams were included in this too! This showed that Aunt Alexandra and Atticus had different views on Calpurnia, the children and the Cunninghams. When Atticus is compared to Ms. Stephanie Crawford, he looks even more of a strong role models considering Ms. Stephanie Crawford’s tales. Atticus never lied to his children. He told Scout the answer she wanted to hear when she asked what a nigger-lover was. He told her: “nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything, like snot nose.” (Page 113) Though it was hard to explain to her, Atticus did the best he could as a father to tell her the meaning of the word nigger-lover. Atticus was never a gossiping man. He liked to keep to himself. Never once did he talk about another neighbor or disrespect their privacy. He taught Scout and Jem to respect others privacy and not play games with fake stories on their behalf. Atticus saw Jem, Scout and Dill playing the ‘Boo Radley’ game with a scissors. He asked for the scissors back and said: “Does this by any chance have anything to do with the Radleys?” (Page 45). Lastly he proved to the children that after the case life would be okay. He told Jem when he was upset “But things are always better in the morning.” (Page 215). Ms. Stephanie is quite a comparison for Atticus. She told people many untrue things unlike Atticus. She once told Ms. Maudie that: “she woke up in the middle of the night and found him [Boo Radley] looking in the window at her. (Page 50) She also spread many rumors. She loved to gossip and everyone in Maycomb knew it. She told everyone many good gossip news such as: “It was Ms.Stephanies pleasure to tell us: this morning Mr. Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post office corner, spat in his face, and told him he’d get him if it took the rest of his life.” (Page 219). Lastly, Ms. Stephanie Crawford acted differently toward the children after the case. Instead of leaving them alone she asked many questions: “Miss Stephanie’s nose quivered with curiosity. She wanted to know who all gave us permission to go to the court – she didn’t see us but it was all over the town that we were in the Coloured balcony. Did Atticus put us up there as a sort of ” (page 217) This showed the distinct difference between Atticus’ views and Ms. Stephanie’s views on privacy, and respect, lies and gossip. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, different approaches are taken by Atticus, Bob Ewell, Aunt Alexandra and Ms. Stephanie Crawford to guide and teach Jem and Scout. Most older figures in a child’s life try their hardest to guide their children in the right way. Some succeed at this while others fail but most look out for the common good for that child.