The heat of the fire contrasts sharply with the intense cold, providing an allusion to the sharply defined sides in the upcoming trial and conflict. He tells them to stop tormenting Boo, and lectures them about how Boo has a right to his privacy, and that they shouldn't go near the house unless they're invited. Walter hesitates but then takes Jem up on the friendly offer. There was a knock at her door and when Uncle Jack made it known that it was him she told him to go away. Francis escaped and ran off and hid in the old kitchen separate from the house. As our story begins, summer has just started.
Atticus asks Scout that, no matter what she hears, she's not to get into a fight with someone over this case. Uncle Jack was pissed and said that he was going to go over there that night and whip Francis. Jem finally agrees to do this. Scout goes on to complain to Miss Maudie about her father and her belief that he can't do anything. She listened in because they were discussing her behavior and she was waiting to see if Uncle Jack would break his promise to her and tell Atticus why she had fought Francis. They were two air rifles. Things proceed fairly smoothly until they're caught by Atticus, who forbids them to set one more foot on the Radley property and to leave Mr.
Then he said that it wasn't Scout's fault she was too dumb to know that because Alexandra said it was Atticus who let her and Jem run around with stray dogs. Readers should note the connection between Lee's use of bird symbolism and Atticus' last name, Finch. Late that night Jem decides to go after them rather than risk Mr. Where do you think Atticus gets the courage to continue with trying to defend Tom Robinson in court after all the things the people of Maycomb are saying about him? Scout explains she doesn't remember learning how to read, but it seems she always knew how. The children's attempts to connect with Boo evoke, again, the sense that children will be able to see Boo with more decency and sincerity than the rest of the populace. Jem decides to go back and get his pants late that night. Though still frightened of him, they wish to befriend him and help him now.
Uncle Jack entered the room and Scout ran to the corner and had her face away from him. . All the other children in the class understand this: growing up in this setting teaches children that people can behave a certain way simply because of the family or group that they come from. She said that Francis was already punished by her beating the crap out of him. After they slink off, Scout discovers from Jem that he lost his pants as they were scurrying through the wire fence. Rather, the law must change to accommodate them and protect the children, who should not have to suffer needlessly.
After realizing Miss Caroline doesn't know what that means, Scout explains that the Cunninghams don't accept other people's help, and just try to get by with what little they have. Near Christmastime, a classmate taunts Scout with the news that Atticus is defending a black man. Rather than congratulating Scout on her knowledge, Miss Caroline believes Scout is being taught incorrectly and tells her not to read at home anymore. Jem's quest to build a snowman requires some ingenuity on his part. Her behavior and her use of expletives is greatly abhorred by Uncle Jack, but he is not able to sort out the confusion. One day Atticus catches them playing the game and asks them if it has anything to do with the Radley family.
Alexandra constantly harped on the fact that Scout wore pants. The next prize is an old pocket watch that doesn't run. Though the children have never seen him, rumors abound that he is over six feet tall, has rotten yellow teeth, popping eyes and a drool, and eats raw animals. 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. The chapter ends as Scout overhears Atticus and Uncle Jack talking about Tom Robinson's trial, which will start soon. Their sister Alexandra remained at Finch's Landing. After a few minutes of waiting, Aunt Alexandria came out and asked them what was going on.
She abhors the idea of a little girl wearing pants and works diligently to make Scout more ladylike. However, Scout doesn't feel sorry for her considering her unfriendly treatment that morning. They're all related by blood or marriage to everyone in town, so it's a close-knit group to say the least. Harper Lee has very skillfully sketched the depth of this father - daughter relationship. The chapter introduces the Ewell family, who will figure heavily into the latter part of the book.
Scout next confers with Calpurnia on the subject of Atticus and his supposed lack of ability to do anything. The three engage in summertime play activities of improving the Finch tree and acting out the plots of several of their favorite books. Miss Maudie is honest in her speech and her ways, with a witty tongue, and Scout considers her a trusted friend. During their walk home on the last day of school Scout and Jem find another treasure in the tree, this time two old, shined up pennies. Atticus teaches Scout about compromise: if she goes to school, Atticus will let her keep reading with him at home. Atticus has to defend Tom Robinson, a man who is accused of raping a white woman. They got to the house and Jem went off with the adults and Scout was left to entertain Francis.
They both start school again, and Scout discovers that the second grade is worse than the first, and the only consolation is that now she gets to stay as late as Jem and they can walk home together. Although it's only a dusting, Jem is determined to build his first snowman and sets out creatively making one out of dirt, and then using the precious white snow to cover it up. As construction paper and crayon Projects evolve day after day, she realizes she is just plain bored. The school may be attempting to turn the children into moral beings, but Scout's moral education occurs almost exclusively in her home or in the presence of Maycomb adults and friends. Here we see how the law, which is meant to protect people, can sometimes be harmful if followed too absolutely. Boo was eventually brought back to the Radley home.