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Jem and Scout have a run in with Mrs. Dubose, who maligns their father for defending Tom Robinson. Jem, in his anger, returns and destroys her flowers.
Atticus teaches Jem a lesson in respect and self-control, making him go back to Mrs. Dubose's home and apologize in person.
The children, particularly Jem, spend a lot of time with Mrs. Dobose (pay back for Jem's actions). During his time reading to Dubose, Jem learns the true meaning of courage.