Scout a surprise, but also started her first conversation with him. Through Mr. Raymond,
than they may usually behave.
suicide, Mr. Raymond had been drunk. However, when Scout actually meets Dolphus
Raymond, she finds him to be quite sober. Scout asked why he would want the
townspeople to think badly of him. Not at all offended like she expected, he answered,”It
ain’t honest but it’s mighty helpful to folks…you see they could never, never understand
that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live.” Mr. Raymond explains that
pretending that he is drunk gives people a reason not to like him or his actions. Scout
begins to see that in his own mind, Mr. Raymond is doing the town a favor by behaving
unacceptably. From that point on, Scout would know the truth behind Dolphus
Raymond’s actions, despite the townspeople’s interpretations and stories.
In her brief conversation with Dolphus Raymond, Scout is able to begin seeing
life, the sooner, the better. I’m sure that Scout will realize this sometime later in life.