- "The handful of people in this town who say that fair play is not marked White Only; the handful of people who say a fair trial is for everybody, not just us; the handful of people with enough humility to think, when they look at a Negro, there but for the Lord’s kindness am l.” Miss Maudie’s old crispness was returning: “The handful of people in this town with background, that’s who they are."
- —Miss Maudie to Aunt Alexandra, Chapter 24
Miss Maudie Atkinson is a character from the 1960/1962 novel/film To Kill a Mockingbird. She is definitely more of a protagonist within the novel and film and is considered by some to be one of the metaphorically symbolic "mockingbirds" in the story.
Biography in the Novel
When Scout, Jem and Dill play a game depicting the life of Boo Radley, the three children would stop their games whenever one of their neighbors appeared. During one instance, Scout sees Miss Maudie staring at them from across the street, her hedge clippers poised up in mid-air.
- "There are just some kind of men who—who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results."
- —Miss Maudie to Scout, Chapter 5
When Jem and Dill refuse to play with Scout because she is "acting like a girl", Scout decides to spend time with Miss Maudie, who, after her bath, sits on her porch. We learn she is a widow who loves to garden, but hates her house. Miss Maudie allowed Jem and Scout to play in her yard, as long as they didn't touch her azaleas. She is also said to make the best cakes in the neighborhood, which she gave to Scout, Jem and Dill, calling them by their real names.
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One of the only things Miss Atkinson does for a living is gardening, for she loves planting flowers and wants a large area for her garden. She is described as being around 50 years old and also likes baking as well, making very good cakes.