What evidence does Chapter 7 provide to help the reader understand how Scout and Jem were “parting company”? What was Jem beginning to understand (about Boo Radley) that Scout could not yet see? Why does Jem keep his feelings secret from Atticus and Scout?
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As Jem reaches his puberty years, he begins to broaden his horizons. Much of what he used to do with his little sister does not interest him anymore. Jem has more concern about living up to his father's expectations than playing childish games with Scout. This is the point where Scout realizes that the two now think differently.