Why are they surprised and confused by this incident?
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Atticus turns out to be not so "boring" as Scout and Jem first thought. They had felt that Atticus was not like other younger fathers who played football or baseball. Instead, Atticus preferred to read. When the rabid dog comes down the street, Atticus kills him with one shot and the children see a new side of their father.Miss. Maudie asks the surprised children,
"Didn't you know his nickname was Ol' One-Shot when he was a boy?"