From chapter 5 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:

Miss Maudie had known Uncle Jack Finch, Atticus’s brother, since they were children. Nearly the same age, they had grown up together at Finch’s Landing. Miss Maudie was the daughter of a neighbouring landowner, Dr Frank Buford. Dr Buford’s profession was medicine and his obsession was anything that grew in the ground, so he stayed poor. Uncle Jack Finch confined his passion for digging to his window-boxes in Nashville and stayed rich.

Why did one stay poor and one rich? Please explain the lines in bold.

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    You are asking about two separate thoughts: one about Dr. Buford and Uncle Jack and their wealth, the other about Jack and Miss Maudie. Please separate these ideas into two questions so the community can help you more efficiently. (You can't split a "correct" answer over two different posts.) – Lauren-Clear-Monica-Ipsum Feb 19 '19 at 11:08
  • Did you figure it out? I have the same question. @Lauren-Reinstate-Monica-Ipsum I think the OP was asking about Dr. Buford and Uncle Jack and their wealth. – Yang Nov 24 '19 at 17:40

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