To Kill a Mockingbird

Chapter 26

1. Scout says that the Radley place had ceased to terrify her. Why?

2. How does Scout feel about the way she, Jem, and Dill treated Boo Radley? What are her thoughts about him now?

3. Why is Scout surprised that her teacher hates Hitler? How is Miss Gates similar in this regard to the ladies in the missionary circle from Chapter Twenty-Four?

4. Why does Jem react violently when Scout talks about what she overheard at the courthouse?

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Scout is growing up, and no longer under the illusion of the "Boo Radley" mystery. In fact, she feels bad about the things they did to him.

The Radley Place had ceased to terrify me, but it was no less gloomy, no less chilly under its great oaks, and no less uninviting. Mr. Nathan Radley could still be seen on a clear day, walking to and from town; we knew Boo was there, for the same old reason—nobody’d seen him carried out yet. I sometimes felt a twinge of remorse, when passing by the old place, at ever having taken part in what must have been sheer torment to Arthur Radley—what reasonable recluse wants children peeping through his shutters, delivering greetings on the end of a fishing pole, wandering in his collards at night?


To Kill a Mockingbird