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sitdown1234 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM via web

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What does this quote from Chapter 9 mean: ”It was the beginning of a rather thin time for Jem and me.”

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 21, 2012 at 1:26 PM (Answer #1)

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Scout makes the comment about it being a “rather thin time” as she is describing a fight with Cecil Jacobs in chapter 9.  Scout means that events at this time made things very difficult for her and Jim.  With the trial of Tom Robinson coming up, each member of the Finch family is a target.

Scout’s playground fights continue into her family life, when she fights her cousin at Christmas, defending her father’s honor.  Atticus assures her that he cannot win the trial, but that it is something he has to do.

Scout's struggles continue until the trial, and even after it.

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