“There’s one thing I truly believe, Gertrude,” she continued, “but some people just don’t see it my way. If we just let them know we forgive ’em, that we’ve forgotten it, then this whole thing’ll blow over.”

– Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 24. Mrs. Merriweather is referring here to the black community, and their upset reaction to Tom Robinson’s trial. The injustice of Tom’s Robinson’s treatment does nothing to alter her racist attitudes. Described as “the most devout lady in Maycomb” she is also one of its greatest hypocrites.