To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 7 connection question 5

Why does Jem cry at the end of Chapter 7? What does Jem understand about Boo and Mr. Radley that he did not understand before? Find evidence in the text to support your answer.

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Jem cries because Boo's father, Nathan Radley, had cemented up the hole in the tree. Jem is not so sad about the loss of forthcoming gifts in the hole rather than the connection has been severed between them and their "phantom friend."