Journal Entry of to Kill a Mockingbird

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Scout's first day at school -- Scout, Miss Caroline, Walter Cunningham, Burris Ewell, Chuck Little

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. To Kill a Mockingbird
Scout, Chapter 2.

Dear Diary,

Damn I hate school! T o be honest “I never looked forward more to anything in my life” (Lee 15), but everything went wrong. My teacher is Ms. Caroline Fisher. I don’t think she’s more than twenty-two. “She … wore a red-and-white-striped dress. She looked and smelled like a peppermint drop.” (Lee 16). She began reading a very funny story about cats that wore clothes. When she was done, she wrote the alphabet on the blackboard ant asked me what they were. I read the letters to her and she got mad at me and told me to tell Atticus that he was teaching me wrong! Atticus never taught me how to read, Jem said I was born reading but Ms. Caroline must’ve thought I was lying. It would be so hard not ready, “reading was something that just came to me … Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.” (Lee 18). After that everyone laughed at me because Ms. Caroline whipped me. Why? Because she tried to give Walter Cunningham a quarter so he could buy lunch. EVERYONE knows the Cunninghams never take anything from anyone because they can’t pay back. I was so mad at him so I beat him up. I told Jem but he invited him to have lunch at our house. At first Walter doubted but Jem told him I was crazy. Who does he think he is? When we were eating Walter drowned his food in syrup. “I … asked what the sam hill he was doing.” (Lee 24). Atticus shook his head and Calpurnia called me to the kitchen. “She was furious, and when she was furious Calpurnia’s grammar became erratic.” (Lee 24). She gave me a lesson about what tolerance was but I’m still kinda confused. When we went back to school Ms. Caroline started complaining ‘cause she saw a cootie on Burris Ewell’s head. She made such a fuss about it! When she told him to go home and...
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