"I think, there is just one kind of folks. Folks"
My experiment originated around one of my favorite quotes in To Kill a Mockingbird. It was when Scout Finch said, "Pass the damn ham, please" Nope, that wasn't the one but I honestly find that quote to be hilarious! It was something else Jean Louise said "I think, there's just one kind of folks. Folks."
Typically, my book club will always sit down at the table next to a familiar face and catch up before our discussion time. Part of the experience was to have my book friends sit with someone new someone they were not planning on spending dinner time with and thus begins the To Kill a Mockingbird experiment.
First, I took place cards and wrote down book character names and then grouped them by where they stood in the novel. The Finches together, The Ewells, Tom Robinson, Calpurnia, and the neighbors of Maycomb. Next, on the drinking glasses I added stem tags (pictured above) with the character names and a cute picture of a mockingbird I found online.
I then placed the glasses at each table setting in a way that put all the book characters that conflicted in the novel next to each other: Atticus Finch sat next to Bob Ewell, Jem Finch next to Mrs. Dubose, Aunt Alexandra and Calpurnia. My friends picked a name from the place cards and then sat down at the table with their character name. Once they were all seated I explained what I was doing and watched as I could see their wheels turning as I talked about it.
My book friends that night sat and ate with different folks and thus concluded my experiment. My goal was to open up a conversation about the folks of Maycomb County as well as (on a lighter note) shake things up at our book club dinner table. As Scout said again, "I think, there's just one kind of folks. Folks" and that's why Scout's words rings true.
Finally, why was Bob Ewell included with the other character names? I wasn't trying to justify Bob Ewell (since he was the worst of the lot or was he?) but get every one at book club talking and I think I was successful at that.
A look into our To Kill a Mockingbird book club
Try this fun game called, 'Jem and Scouts gum'. How many sticks of bubblegum are in the jar?'
Flowers for the table. I wanted to to have Mrs. Dubose's camellias, Miss Maudie's azaleas, and Aunt Alexandra's mimosa tree on my dinner table. That was not going to happen. So I came up with my own idea (even though I spelled Dubose wrong) our table looked fresh and beautiful with the look of summer flowers and fabric with birds on it for a tablecloth.
The Book Club