Ahhh…Atticus. I hate this book for opening up by taking a mountain of a man and making him human.
Pocket watch reference…nice tie back/forward (???) to Mockingbird!!
“…She could not remember him being any younger, and he seemed to grow no older.” (17) Me either, Jean Louise. Atticus will always be Atticus to me. It reminds me of the way I think of my own father. Atticus has always reminded me of my own father — his wisdom, his strength, his notions of right and wrong.
I get it. Atticus physical strength is waning, but mentally he’s still there. Got it.
“his daughter’s daemon” — Scout’s anger…her temper. That’s the Scout we know…the one who makes judgements quickly and harshly. This is both before and after Mockingbird, so it’s interesting to watch the interplay. The lessons Scout learns in Mockingbird SUPPOSEDLY have already been learned — but they haven’t actually been WRITTEN yet…so it’s something of a paradox. But…even with lessons we learn, Scout’s impetuous nature is who she is…so it’s not surprising to see it here. Though going after her Aunt that fast seems a bit overboard maybe?
“I am oppressed, Atticus.”
“Then go back to New York and be uninhibited.”
Ahhhh…yes. LOL. There’s a North/South thing brewing here too…Southern society, Southern girl whose gone North….Civilized vs. uncivilized…big city vs. agrarian society. Atticus as the middle line here…And another reference to his brokenness….
Golf…I feel like I’m reading Gatsby and waiting for Jordan to float up from the sofa. Jean Louise dressed (shockingly) in slacks, setting a golf date with Atticus. What is this book??
I’m having a hard time with dates. If Atticus is in his 70s, then I’m thinking this should be set in the 1950s? But no firm date as of yet….and with Mockingbird published in 1960, Lee couldn’t have written this set in the mid 60s Civil Rights movement. The reference on p.24 to “the bus strikes” and “the Mississippi business” seem to suggest mid 1950’s (Montgomery bus boycott 1955, Emmett Till Murder in Mississippi 1955, Brown v. Board 1954). I *think* “The state’s not getting a conviction in that case was our worst blunder since Pickett’s Charge” (24) most likely refers to the Emmett Till case — The murder is one of those moments where something that had been happening for years happened in such a way that it changed history. Emmett Till’s death was tragic and heartless and horrific — and his mother’s strength turned it into a martyrdom for a cause.
I know I have 60 years of history standing between Scout and I at this moment, but her cavalier comments (“to hear the Post tell it, we lynch ’em for breakfast….I haven’t paid any attention to it except the bus strikes….worst blunder since Pickett’s Charge”) make it hard not to judge her in this modern light. Making jokes about using the NAACP stickers on her Christmas cards to set off the people back homer compounds it. I’m aggravated at Scout. This isn’t who she was supposed to grow up to be.
Hopefully it gets better….right now she has to change for a date with Henry/Hank who isn’t OK with her wearing slacks (hello 1950s), and I have to go to bed. Chapter 3 tomorrow…