after miss maudies fire when they figure out that Boo put the blanket on Scout
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Atticus decides that he will only tell the children about the blanket because he respects Boo. Boo is reclusive, he has no desire to be noticed. Had Atticus revealed who had covered Scout (Boo), he would have put Boo in a situation he wouldn't have wanted to be in. It was a decision based on respect.