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FC: Calpurnia | by: Franklin Zhong and Jacob Reinhart

1: Hullo, my name is Calpurnia. I'm a strong, Negro woman, an' I live in Maycomb County, Alabama. I work as a maid fer a lawyer named Atticus where I usually cook and watch ova' his chillum, Scout n' Jem. I've learned speak propa' English whenever needed, however, I ain't scairt to talk differently.

2: This is one of Atticus's chillum, Scout. She's a tomboy an' a wild one at that too. She's young with a habit of gettin' into adventures with tons o' trouble. I've have to continue remindin' her to behave herself all the time.

3: Jem is Scout's olda' brother. They both play rough but Jem's a growin' up and becomin' a young man. He takes after his father, Atticus, and tries to please im' all the time.

4: Sometimes, the hostility tween' Negroes and Whites really shows through. That was seen when I took Atticus's chillum to my church. One of the church-goers, Lula, told 'em to scat an' get outta the church .Th incident taught a valuable experience fer the young'ems.

5: When racism became the controversial issue of Maycomb County, Scout n' Jem went to see the indictment of Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused fer a crime. What occured was unjust and cruel, with the judgin' of a man based on his color.

6: My cookin' utensils are important to me cause I work everyday with 'em. They help me when I cook fer Atticus's family. Without those, there ain't no way I'll be makin' food fer anybody.

7: Though I spend tons o' my time with Atticus and his family, I do have a family of my own. They are just as important to me as Scout n' Jem are to their father.

8: "It's not necessary to tell all you know. It's not ladylike – in the second place, folks don't like to have somebody around knowin' more than they do. It aggravates 'em. You're not gonna change any of them by talkin' right, they've got to want to learn themselves, and when they don't want to learn there's nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language." (Lee, Harper. "12." To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. 166-67. Print) | This explanation of my "double life" shows Scout that sometimes goin' with the flow is the best way to deal with people who can't take people fer who they are.

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