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According to Jem's description in To Kill a Mockingbird, what does Boo look like?

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rajdarshani | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted May 10, 2011 at 9:53 AM via web

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According to Jem's description in To Kill a Mockingbird, what does Boo look like?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 10, 2011 at 10:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Boo Radley, of course, has never been seen by the children, and the only description of their mysterious neighbor is provided by Miss Maudie, who only tells them that he "spoke as nicely as he knew how." But Jem has his own ideas. He had seen what he suspected were Boo's footprints outside their house, so he assumed that Boo was "about six-and-a-half feet tall." Boo drooled constantly, had yellow, rotten teeth, and a "long jagged scar that ran across his face." His eyes "popped," and he had bloody hands from all the raw squirrels and cats that he caught and ate. Jem also believed Miss Stephanie Crawford, who also claimed to have seen him and said his head looked like "a skull lookin' at her."  

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