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Boo Radley is the subject of both prejudice and superstitious beliefs held by the townspeople of Maycomb. Unfounded rumors about Boo's nocturnal activities have turned him into a butt of gossip and a man who is feared. He has acquired a spooky nickname, a reputation for ghoulish and perverse traits, and most of the town avoid the Radley House like the plague. Aside from the fear of the unknown that haunts many of the people in Maycomb, there are various superstitions that are observed by children and adults alike. It is believed that Boo poisons pecans and tosses them into the schoolyard for children to eat; when Boo breathes on azaleas, he kills them; and
A Negro would not pass the Radley Place at night, he would cut across to the sidewalk opposite and whistle while he walked.
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