As his trial is nearing, Tom Robinson is to be moved to the Maycomb jail, and concerns about the possibility of a lynch mob have arisen. Things get serious when Scout, Jem, and Dill rush into the crowd to Atticus's defense, and although he tells them to go home they don't budge. They would all play various roles but the game all summer was Boo Radley. Walter asks for some molasses and proceeds to pour it all over his meat and vegetables. Since that, Tom willingly executed Mayella's chores free of charge. Cunningham's entailment, which Atticus is currently helping him out on. Miss Maudie is opposed to these staunch, strict ideas but is also religious, showing that perhaps she finds a relationship between maintaining beautiful things in the world and connecting with God.
GradeSaver, 29 July 2007 Web. Radley, Boo's father, had only been seen on his daily trip to collect groceries from 11:30am-12pm, and the family worshipped together in their own home on Sundays. She can't see a thing, and then things grow quiet and she realizes there are now 4 people under the tree. Scout is six, and Jem is ten, and they have just discovered a boy hiding in their next door neighbors turnip greens. At that moment, four cars drive into Maycomb and park near the jail.
In Chapter 2, the description of Scout's first day allows Lee to provide a context for the events to follow by introducing some of the people and families of Maycomb County. Jem suggests the trio play a game called 'Boo Radley,' in which they would act out scenes from the Radleys' lives. Jem breaks his arm, and Scout, who is wearing a confining ham shaped wire costume and cannot see what is going on, is helpless throughout the attack. Dolphus Raymond, a local character who is ostracized because he married a black woman. The narrator, Jean Louise Finch, who goes by the nickname Scout, begins to tell the story of how her brother Jem broke his arm. Dill quietly asked if they could keep playing.
From Meridian, Mississippi, Dill will be spending the summer at the nearby house of Miss Rachel Haverford, his aunt. Additionally, the mending of Jem's pants and the gifts in the tree can be attributed to Boo, though the novel never explicitly mentions he is behind this. The book opens by mentioning how at age twelve, Jem broke his arm. They try for many years to get him to come out, and all their schemes never work. Dubose was a morphine addict who had decided she was not going to die addicted to the drug. Jem responds that they were just playing with matches.
The children have a conversation with Miss Maudie who tells them that it wasn't just Atticus trying to help Tom Robinson. Ewell's children or Miss Maudie's flowers is more important than observing the strictest codes. The following evening, Atticus takes the car into town. At first Jem and Scout were both excited because the pennies were so old but then they started to feel guilty because they felt like they might have stolen them from someone. The plot of the Radley play becomes more complicated as the summer passes. Miss Caroline, the teacher, is horrified to discover a cootie in the hair of Burris Ewell, a hulking, angry boy who quickly reduces Miss Caroline to tears as he slouches out of the room, his first and only day of school over. At the end of this fateful night, the sheriff declares that Mr.
Miss Maudie adds that Boo was always polite and friendly as a child. Her innocence brings the crowd out of their mob mentality, and they leave. Scout comes to understand the goodness and the dark side of people. Meanwhile, Jem and Dill plan to give a note to Boo inviting him out to get ice cream with them. By searching for the man who has been made into a monster by society, they bring back his basic common humanity and unite him with everyone else in spite of his unusual personality.
The town of Maycomb was interested in Toms death for about two days, and then moved on to other things. Calpurnia, the family's black cook, took on the role of surrogate, or substitute, mother to Scout and Jem, keeping an eye on them and lovingly meting out discipline when necessary. As readers, we have to be willing to let Lee drag us into the past and then forward a few years, then back a few years, and so on. They have a housekeeper named Calpurnia, who is a stern kind-hearted African-American. Their sister Alexandra remained at Finch's Landing.
Once Jem is satisfied that Atticus is ok they turn to go, but suddenly a line of cars pull up and a group of men get out and surround the porch. On one occasion, bored with stories, they roll each other down the street in old tires. Scout knows she shouldn't be out talking to this sinful man, but she finds him nice and fascinating. They Judge was trying, Mr. They are two figurines carved out of soap who looking suspiciously like Jem and Scout. The next winter brings unexpected cold and snow, and Miss Maudie's house catches on fire.
As with the previous summer, they three children act out scenes from their favorite stories. They're heartened to discover the next day that Miss Maudie is not grieving for her lost house, saying she always wanted a smaller one anyway. Heck Tate tells them that Scout's costume probably saved her life, as there is a slash mark through the chicken wire where Bob Ewell tried to stab her. Dill asked her what the matter was and asked if she was scared or something. A swept yard was typically kept neat and clean using straw sagebrush brooms.
Their first raid consists of a dare between Dill and Jem. Dill runs away from his home, where his mother and new father don't seem interested in him, and stays in Maycomb for the summer of Tom's trial. The children don't know if the knothole is someone's hiding place or if the pennies are a gift, but decide to take them and keep them safely at the bottom of Jem's trunk. Chapter 14 As life continues on with Aunty in the house, one night Scout goes to bed and steps on something soft and warm and round, which she thinks is a snake. Chapter 18 Mayella is the next to take the stand, and as Atticus questions her he begins to poke holes in her testimony as well. Reynolds gets there and informs them that he's got a broken arm.