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Lee also provides a unique perspective on the role of women in these chapters. Admittedly, Atticus is  less concerned about women's "place" than any other character in the novel (with the possible  exception of Miss Maudie). So although he's somewhat bemused by Scout's reaction to the fact that  women in Alabama can't serve on a jury, he's still forced to explain, "'I guess it's to protect our frail  ladies from sordid cases like Tom's.'" Curiously, Scout has to laugh when Atticus jokes that female  jurors would slow down the judicial process by asking too many questions. Hearing Atticus, who  doesn't have preconceived notions about the way that women should behave, say something so silly  is likely one source of Scout's laughter. Still, as much as she dislikes women's role in Maycomb  society, she is ultimately willing to accept it.
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