To Kill a Mockingbird

chapter four

what risk are jem and scout taking

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Scout and Jem's actions in regard to the Radley family, and their attempts to lure Boo from his home are thoughtless and cruel. The children risk their father's anger and punishment. In Chapter Four, Atticus catches them playing the game and asks them if it has anything to do with the Radley family. They deny it, and Atticus replies, "I hope it doesn't." Atticus's sternness forces them to stop playing