To Kill a Mockingbird

Jem has decided that what he, Scout, and Dill did was wrong. What might account for Jem's change of heart? How does Scout feel about it?

To Kill A Mockingbird Chapter 6

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The kids decide not to bother the Radley's anymore. They hear that Mr. Radley was shooting at a "white Negro" in his backyard, and has another barrel waiting if he returns. Dill makes up a story about playing strip poker to explain Jem's missing pants, and Jem says they were playing with matches rather than cards, which would be considered unforgivable. Dill says goodbye to them, and Jem and Scout go to bed. Jem decides to go back and get his pants late that night. Scout tries to persuade him that it would be better to get whipped by Atticus than to be shot and killed by Mr. Radley, but Jem insists on going. Jem explains that he's never been whipped by Atticus and doesn't want to be. Jem refuses to disappoint Atticus.