Slowly, Boo becomes less of a mythical neighborhood monster and more of a kindly recluse. She went back to look and found two pieces of gum in shiny wrappers. Scout heeds his request and carefully takes the bug outside, noting internally that if anything, Jem is becoming more like a lady than she is. Jem decides that they will keep the money until they find the rightful owner. She wants children to play the parts of Maycomb's agricultural products, and Scout is assigned to play the part of the pork. In the course of the novel, almost every character lies at some point.
He, Scout, and Jem begin their games again. The roly-poly incident is yet another example of Jem's increasing maturity. When Scout insists that the boys include her in their plans, they tell her that they're going to deliver a note to Boo Radley asking him to come outside. A devoted gardener, Miss Maudie cultivates her yard with a passion. Jem lies, and Atticus goes back into the house.
Back home, Scout sits with Atticus, who begins to read her one of the scary children's stories he has picked up, which ironically mirrors the story of Boo Radley. This is a form of foreshadowing because Atticus is never know for fidgeting and he may be fidgeting because of the presence of his sister in his house. Boo has become a form of amusement for them. Bob Ewell lies and accuses Robinson of harming his daughter, Mayella. From her, the reader learns that Boo was a good child but she suggests that his overbearing father is what changed him over time.
She then looks at the 'treadmill of the Maycomb County school system' and feels cheated. She assumes he is a countryman she doesn't recognize who happened to hear the fight and come running. Meanwhile, the others are discussing who killed Mr. Then, Scout misses her cue, and ends the night upset and embarrassed. Miss Maudie is one of the most open-minded residents of Maycomb, and true to her more liberal leanings, she even likes the weeds in her garden. Jem's bravery increases when he and Dill decide to deliver the note to Boo. They plan to role play a drama Dill likes, and Jem explains what happens to people who can't quite make it to heaven: They haunt their property and suck people's breath.
Why does Aunt Alexandra come to stay with Jem and Scout? When Scout begins to feel left out by Jem and Dill, she starts to spend considerable time with a neighbor, Miss Maudie Atkinson. Oh, you may get the opportunity to change around how you pay for it. Alexandra is extremely proud of the Finches and spends much of her time discussing the characteristics of the various families in Maycomb. Atticus looks at Scout with a sense of wonder, and thanks Boo for the lives of his children. There is a crunching sound and Jem screams.
Scout feels disappointed that Radley is the one who saved her life, since she didn't give him anything back. Though the book began with a fear for the monstrous, phantom-like figure of Boo Radley, this chapter solidifies a reversal: Boo becomes the children's savior against the real evil, a human man. However, this chapter also paves the way for the rest of the story and how the children relate to others as they move toward their own adulthood. When Atticus understands the sheriff's motivation, he relents, realizing that it is in everyone's best interests to allow Boo to unofficially punish the Ewell's for the crime of trying to send Tom to his death. Tom Robinson is later shot down and killed while trying to escape from jail. This is an excellent cliffhanger, or a suspenseful chapter ending that makes the reader eager to continue reading.
When they arrive home, there are several adults gathered at their house including Miss Maudie, Atticus, and Stephanie Crawford, the neighborhood gossip. Atticus catches them at one point and, when asked, Jem tells Atticus the game has nothing to do with Boo Radley. Then they sneak in the back so Atticus does not see them and send them home. Using a different word would change the tone and characterization of the novel. He is very, very pale, with thin cheeks and feathery hair, and seems somewhat tense and nervous. Clearly, author Harper Lee is expressing some of her own critical views on public education.
The author very carefully avoids giving the reader any information about Scout's future. Scout feels bad that she has been doubting Radley all her life because he gave her and Scout their lives. The first time she noticed the knothole was one day when something shiny caught her eye. Suddenly, they see the shadow of a man with a hat on and flee, hearing a shotgun go off behind them. They crawl under a fence on the property as the man fires shots at them. Well, if he wasn't when this whole thing started, he probably is now.