Scout said, "He ain't company, Cal he's just a Cunningham." What did Scout mean by that?

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    She's talking about Walter Cunningham right?

    Atticus explained to Scout earlier that the Cunninhams are country folk--a euphemism to say they are poor. Scout is an incredibly naive, innocent good-willed child and has a very childish approach to life.

    Notice how she says he's JUST a Cunningham. She doesn't realize it but she is belittling him by saying that small adjective. The Finches aren't as poor as the Cunningham as they are one of the poorest families in Maycomb, if memory serves me right.

    Scout's logic is that since he is a poor Cunningham, he can't be considered company because of his status. To her, a person is classified as one thing and one thing only. Well, until later in the book that is when she grows up.

    Source(s): I've read the book and carefully analyzed the character of Scout for an essay.
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