“There’s some folks who don’t eat like us,” she whispered fiercely, “but you ain’t called on to contradict ’em at the table when they don’t. That boy’s yo’ comp’ny and if he wants to eat up the table cloth you let him, you hear?”
“He ain’t company, Cal, he’s just a Cunningham – ”
“Hush your mouth! Don’t matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house’s yo’ comp’ny, and don’t you let me catch you remarkin’ on their ways like you was so high and mighty!”
– Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 3. Calpurnia rebukes Scout, after Scout makes several rude comments that embarrass Walter Cunningham Jr. at the Finch meal table when he pours syrup all over his meal. Calpurnia wants Scout to show respect to guests at all times and not judge them for their unusual eating habits. She scolds Scout over her slur on farmer Walter Cunningham’s family, who are considered inferior by many locals.