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Jack Finch is teasing Miss Maudie, playfully but unsuccessfully trying to annoy her. To get somebody's goat, as Matt Thrower said in comments, means to make them annoyed or angry. As it says at the start of the paragraph, Miss Maudie and Jack Finch had known each other since they were children. He feels that she teases him a lot (he is "the first person she ...


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The implication seems to be that Dr Buford preferred to spend time gardening instead of being a social climber. We don't have much more information about him in the story, so this passage is nearly all we have to go on, but: "his obsession was anything that grew in the ground" This suggests he was a keen gardener, like his daughter Miss Maudie: Miss ...


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