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darkrecon | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 8, 2011 at 11:30 PM via web

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Can someone give three quotes from Chapter 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird about Boo Radley's perceived physical appearance or habits?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted February 10, 2011 at 3:50 AM (Answer #1)

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The best description of Boo is near the end of the chapter.  It says he was

"...six and a half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch.  There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time."

Then to show his habits, Jem described to Dill what he was known for in town.  The first quote tells of Boo's nightly activities. 

"People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows.  When people's azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because he had breathed on them. Any small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work."

Then Jem continues on to share what he learned from Miss Stephanie about what Boo did one day at home.

"Boo was sitting in the living room cutting some items from The Maycomb Tribuneto past in his scrapbook.  As Mr. Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent's leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities."

These quotes all show the town's ignorance and their superstitions of the town recluse.

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