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Jean Louise Finch: Jean Louise is a grown up version of the "Scout" character from To Kill a Mockingbird. When I first read To Kill a Mockingbird I thought Scout was the boy and Jem was the girl, they kind of have transgendered names, but now I am 100% sure that Scout is the girl, only in this book she is called Jean Louise. Jean Louise lives in New York City but just returned to Maycomb, Alabama to visit her family and to decide whether to let Hank, her part-time boyfriend, bone her. She comes back and is horrified to learn that Hank and her dad Atticus are part of a racist cabal that is trying to keep the black man down. She has to decide whether she still loves them. After consideration, she decides to embrace Atticus once more but not Hank's penis.

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Henry Clinton (Hank): Henry, who for some reason is also called Hank, is Jean Louise's boyfriend. He wants to marry her but she isn't sure she wants to. Hank is "white trash", from a family of lower class white people who get drunk, have a lot of inappropriate sex, dress poorly, and park their cars on the front lawn. But Hank worked his way up, went to law school, and is Atticus's junior law partner. People think he's not right for Jean Louise because of his white trashedness, but Jean Louise dislikes him for a different reason, because of his racism.

Atticus Finch: Atticus is Jean Louise's father. He's a lawyer and very smart. In To Kill a Mockingbird he was this great civil rights lawyer who helped an innocent black man avoid a rape conviction. But in this book he's almost a KKK guy, talking about how black people need to be kept in their place. Jean Louise can't understand how her wise Daddy has turned out to be a racist monster.

Calpurnia: Calpurnia was Jean Louise's black nanny growing up. Jean Louise's mother died so Calpurnia was like a mother for us. They bonded when Jean Louise started to inexplicably bleed from her vagina and didn't know what to do about it. Calpurnia helped her put a cork in it and explained to her to get ready to enjoy it, once a month, for the next 30 years. Helping Jean Louise with her bloody vagina caused Jean Louise to bond with Calpurnia.

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