To Kill a Mockingbird

Why did Jem get angry when Scout said he acted like he didn't act like a hot steam? Why did she say this? Was this snarky reply to make him happy or something? Cite your pages and quotes! :)

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A "hot steam" refers to a Southern superstition involving ghosts/ spirits which have unfinished bussiness upon the Earth before they can rest in peace.' Both Jem and Scout fear hot steam will suck their souls.