I just read this book for the first time yesterday. SoOoOoOo sweet and sad. And it’s remarkable how certain styles and certain types of descriptions can make you nostalgic about things you never experienced and a time period in which you never lived. Also how engrossing was the account of the characters’ day-to-day lives… full of trivial details that were still very interesting but never became a comedy of errors like some day-to-day life books (that I hate) do.

Another thing I was very interested in was the theme of different types of people and what makes a person or a group of people trash or quality. It struck me most the first time Atticus told Scout not to use the n-word because “it’s common.” I have been dwelling on it ever since: the difference between not wanting to do something hateful because it’s unkind to other people and not wanting to do something hateful because it makes you into something you don’t want to be. Wanting to be and therefore do or wanting to do and therefore be… is there a difference? In one case you’re thinking more of yourself than of others, but only in the desire to become something good; in the other, you’re ignoring what kind of person you are or are becoming, but only because you’re turned outward wanting to do good for others. It’s an interesting distinction, and possibly entirely irrelevant.

Anyway, this book was really wonderful, and I loved it ^__^