But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself. In one alarming roll, Scout crashes into the Radley yard. It's not until the end of the chapter that Scout reveals that she heard laughter inside the Radley home when she rolled into their yard in the old tire. Atticus notices that Jem's pants are missing, and Dill tells him Jem lost his pants in a game of strip poker. No word on whether criticizing one's neighbors counts as a sin with them. The three of them go over to the Radley house one night and walk the perimeter of the house, looking in windows.
Suddenly, a man appears, and the three of them take off running. Calpurnia is teaching the children to be white, just as she taught her own son, Zeebo, to interact appropriately with the African-American community. When she dizzily popped out of the tire in a heap, Jem was yelling at her and she saw that she was laying in the Radley yard. Scout ponders the fact that Atticus is very knowledgeable and has a successful career as a state legislator, despite the fact that he did not attend school. Sometimes, having someone else do the dirty work is less frightening — a belief that gives mob mentality its start. Jem decides that they will keep the money until they find the rightful owner.
Every time Scout and Jem pass the Radleys' home, they run at full speed. She's not sure what's missing from her formal education, but she knows she's not learning much at school. A successful lawyer, Atticus makes a solid living in Maycomb, a tired, poor, old town in the grips of the Great Depression. Although most of the lies are meant to keep people out of trouble, some of these untruths will have dire consequences for the town as a whole. Miss Maudie informs them that Mr. However, Atticus is angry about this, and insists that Jem, Dill, and Scout stop their games about and obsession with Boo Radley. Dill's part in getting a note to Boo presents a different side of the bravery issue.
She chews both pieces and tells Jem about it. Jem goes back to the fence that night to retrieve his pants. Dill arrives two days later to spend the summer. Rather, he read voraciously and taught himself. The children play the game less frequently after that, and Jem and Dill begin excluding Scout, spending more and more time together in the treehouse.
Dill came back to Maycomb a few days later. Jem does so, sprinting back hastily; there is no sign of movement at the Radley Place, although Scout thinks that she sees a shutter move slightly, as if someone were peeking out. . It continues in much the same fashion as her first day, with Scout finding herself continuingly frustrated with her teacher and a curriculum that doesn't challenge her. After panicking, Scout returns safely to her own home.
Her feelings about plants are symbolic of the way some townspeople feel about others. Miss Stephanie adds that Mr. Atticus educated himself by reading. When Scout begins to feel left out by Jem and Dill, she starts to spend considerable time with a neighbor, Miss Maudie Atkinson. However, throughout the novel, both young people struggle with the fitting into these appearances that are expected of them. At this point in the story, Scout's world is a safe place — her greatest fears are largely products of her own imagination. On the last day of school, Scout and Jem find a shiny box in the Radleys' tree.
She inspects the gum, finds it satisfactory, and chews a piece. They had all summer to think about it because school was over and they wouldn't pass by the Radley place anymore until the fall. But Jem, four years older than Scout, has memories of their mother that sometimes make him unhappy. During a normal summer game, Scout rolls down the sidewalk in an old tire and lands near the Radleys' home. Granted, Calpurnia is more educated than the majority of her peers, but it still seems unusual that she doesn't want the children emulating that speech or those beliefs. One of the first things they do is roll one another inside an old tire.
Realizing where was, she scrambled back to the front porch of her house. For a time, Jem, Dill, and Scout keep their promise to Atticus that they will leave Boo Radley alone. When I did not die I crammed it into my mouth. Scout starts to explain the circumstances that led to the broken arm that her older brother, Jem, sustained many years earlier; she begins by recounting her family history. However, this event is the catalyst for their next game. Harper Lee uses metaphors to describe the kids' favorite season of the year: summer.
She went back to look and found two pieces of gum in shiny wrappers. Gradually, Jem and Scout seem to realize that nothing is at it seems. She rolled herself up inside it and Jem pushed her as hard as he could. Her grade is released a half hour earlier than Jem's, so Scout has to pass Boo Radley's house by herself every afternoon. The children return home, where they encounter a collection of neighborhood adults, including Atticus, Miss Maudie, and Miss Stephanie Crawford, the neighborhood gossip. This section marks a large transformation in the reader's-and the children's-perception of Boo Radley. Several other items appear in the tree over the next few days, including more chewing gum, a spelling bee metal, and an old watch.
Meanwhile, Jem and Dill plan to give a note to Boo inviting him out to get ice cream with them. She learns everything she knows by reading at home. Part One, Chapter 1 Summary The story is narrated by a young girl named Jean Louise Finch, who is almost always called by her nickname, Scout. Hand-in-hand with the issue of trust is that of truth. These perceptions become important as the story progresses. And Thomas Edison, whose early teachers labeled him as slow, was taught mainly by his mother and himself.