Just shows you, that Robinson boy was legally married, they say he kept himself clean, went to church and all that, but when it comes down to the line the veneer’s mighty thin.
There are no more uses of "veneer" in the book.
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We’ve been good to ’em, we’ve bailed ’cause out of jail and out of debt since the beginning of time, we’ve made work for ’cause when there was no work, we’ve encouraged ’cause to better themselves, they’ve gotten civilized, but my dear— that veneer of civilization’s so thin that a bunch of uppity Yankee Negroes can shatter a hundred years’ progress in five….
Harper Lee -- Go Set a Watchman
Of course, it’s not like racism is gone completely, but as my dads like to say, the veneer of civilization got itself a second coat.