Chapter 13

Summary of Chapter 13 :

In Chapter 13, Aunt Alexandra comes to visit Jem and Scout for a while to give Scout some feminine influence. Scout feels somewhat uncomfortable with this she feel that she gets enough feminine influence from Calpurnia and that there will still be a long time before she starts liking boys, and that she would never be interested in clothes. Despite not fitting in with Scout's satisfactions Aunt Alexandria fits in perfectly into the Maycomb county, always finding something to do, unlike Scout who she feels is sluggish. Aunt Alexandria feels that Jem and Scout don't really understand their family's ancestry so she orders Atticus to lecture about it, which saddens Scout.

Character Profiles:
Aunt Alexandra: Aunt Alexandra is Atticus' sister, who becomes quite a big role in this chapter. Aunt Alexandra comes for a visit to give Scout some feminine influence. Aunt Alexandra wants Jem and Scout to know about the Finch's ancestry, which causes a big scene between Atticus and the children. Aunt Alexandra is very accepted in the Maycomb community, it was as if she had lived with them forever. She fit in perfectly well.

Scout: In this chapter, Scout feels sad because Aunt Alexandra orders Atticus to talk to her and Jem about their ancestry.

The setting mostly takes place in Jem and Scout's home in Maycomb County.

Photo Bank of Chapter 13.

"She owned a bight green square Buick and a black chauffeur, both kept in an unhealthy state of tidiness, but today they were nowhere to be seen." (Page 127)

"She owned a bight green square Buick and a black chauffeur, both kept in an unhealthy state of tidiness, but today they were nowhere to be seen." (Page 127)


" I guess it was hr sunday corset." (page 128)

"He sent them packing next day armed with their charts and five quarts of shinny in their saddlebags- two apiece and one for the Governor." (Page 131)

Mandrake Roots
"I so often wondered how she could be Atticus and Uncle Jack's sister that I revived half-remembered tales of changelings and mandrake roots that Jem had spun long ago." (page 132)

Vocabulary (Chapter 13)
1. permanence (noun) : the condition or quality of being permanent; perpetual or continued existence.
2. tactful (adjective) : having tact-a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense;skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.
3. sluggish (adjective) :indisposed to action or exertion; lacking in energy; lazy; indolent :a sluggish disposition.
4. bosom (noun) : a women's breasts
5. dispelled (verb) : to drive off in various directions; disperse; dissipate: to dispel the dense fog.
6. formidable (adjective) : causing fear, apprehension, or dread: a formidable opponent.
7. prerogative (noun) : an exclusive right, privilege, etc., exercised by virtue of rank,office, or the like:the prerogatives of a senator.
8. hereditary (adjective) : passing, or capable of passing, naturally from parent to offspring through the genes:Blue eyes are hereditary in our family. Compare congenital.
9. heredity (noun) : the transmission of genetic characters from parents to offspring: it is dependent upon the segregation and recombination of genes during meiosis and fertilization and results in the genes is of a new individual similar to others of its kind but exhibiting certain variations resulting from the particular mix of genes and their interactions with the environment.
10. grubbiness (adjective) : dirty; slovenly: children with grubby faces and sad eyes.