Listening to Sissy Spacek read aloud what little Scout Finch asks, I’m struck by the biblical metaphors throughout. Here’s another from Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird:
“… what’s rape, Cal?”
“It’s somethin’ you’ll have to ask Mr. [Atticus] Finch about,” she said. “He can explain it better than I can. You all hungry? The Reverend took a long time unwindin’ this morning, he’s not usually so tedius.”
“He’s just like our [white] preacher,” said Jem [Finch], “but why do you all [in the black church] sing hymns that way?” ….
“What’s rape?” I asked him that night. [Scout asks her daddy as Calpurnia her nanny suggested she should].
…. He sighed, and said rape was carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent.
“Well if that’s all it is why did Calpurnia dry me up when I asked her what it was?”