Why is Jem moody at the beginning of Chapter 7? Is Scout able to understand by “climbing into Jem’s skin”? What does the rest of the chapter reveal about the source of Jem’s moodiness?
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Jem is "moody and silent" after the pants incident. The new school year starts, and Scout finds second grade just as boring as first. At this point Scout does not have the maturity to "climb into his skin". Calpurnia attempts to explain that Jem is going through changes that all boys do on their way to becoming adults. Scout really does not begin to understand these changes until near the end of the book.