She doesn’t take any nonsense from the fact that “Our battles were epic and one-sided. ” That California had been with the Finches since Gem’s birth suggests that she is part of the family. Tactics trusts her to take care of the children when he is gone. “But there came a day when Tactics told us heed wear us out if we made any noise in the yard and commissioned California to serve in his absence if she heard a sound out of us. ” He trusts her to discipline the children “Her hand was as wide as bed slat and twice as hard.
When Scout questions Walter’s eating habits at the table in Chapter Three, California is the one to discipline her. She says What boys p’ company and if he wants to eat up the table cloth you let him, you hear? “‘ Tactics trusts her to take care of the children properly. California is like a surrogate mother to the children. For example, when Scout refuses to gargle after chewing the Double-Mint gum, Gem threatens her with “you don’t ‘n’ I’ll tell California on you! ” As gruff as may come off, she really does love the hillier When Scout starts going to school, California softens up missed you today. She sets the boundaries for the children. ‘Our summertime boundaries (within calling distance of California) verdure Mrs.. Henry Lafayette Double’s house and the Raddled place three doors to the south. ” California really treats the children as if they were her own. California is more educated than most African- American people in Macomb. She taught Scout to write. “She would set me a writing task by scrawling the alphabet firmly across the top a tablet, then copying UT a chapter of Bible beneath. If Scout copied up to her standards, she was rewarded. That she did this shows she knew more than most black people would know in Macomb and it is yet another example of her mothering Scout. California speaks as well as any other white person in Macomb, except when she is mad. As shown when she disciplines Scout for the dinner incident with Walter. “She was furious, and when she was furious Scaloppini’s grammar became erratic. When in tranquility, her grammar was as good as nobody’s in Macomb,
Tactics said California had more education than colored folks” California tries to show Scout and gem that there is no difference white and African- American people. “For California rarely commented on the ways to white people. ” California speaks like any other person in Macomb to show the children she is equal to the white people in town She has manners that are as good as anyone else in town. When Scout questions Walter’s eating habits, California shows good manners in telling Scout to allow Walter carry on and be polite.