Boo Radley Quotes

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"He was still leaning against the wall.  He had been leaning against the wall when I came into the room, his arms down and across his chest.  As I pointed he brought his arms down and pressed the palms of his hands agains the wall.  They were white hands, sickly white hands that had never seen the sun, so white they stood out garishly against the dull cream wall in the dim light of Jem's room...His face was as white as his hands, but for a shadow on his jutting chin.  His cheeks were thin to hollowness; his mouth was wide; there were shallow, almost delicate indentations at his temples, and his gray eyes were so colorless I thought he was I gazed at him in wonder the tension slowly drained from his face.  His lips parted into a timid smile, and our neighbor's image blurred with my sudden tears." [Lee 270]  (This is when Scout begins to understand and accept Boo as a neighbor and friend, rather than just as a character in a ghost story.)

"'Mr. Arthur, bend your arm down here, like that.  That's right, sir.'  I slipped my hand into the crook of his arm.  He had to stoop a little to accomodate me, but if Miss Stephanie Crawford was watching from her upstairs window, she would see Arthur Radley escorting me down the sidwalk, as any gentleman would do." [Lee 278]  (He has ceased to be Boo.  Instead he has achieved full personhood.)

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 Here are two good ones; hope they help you out!

 "Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained -- if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. 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." (Lee 13)

"Every night sound I heard from my cot on the back porch was magnified three-fold; every scratch of feet on gravel was  Boo Radley seeking revenge, every passing Negro laughing in the night was Boo Radley loose and after us; insects splashing against the screen were Boo Radley's insane fingers picking the wire to pieces..." (Lee 55)

 Here is a video about Boo Radley:

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First quote:

The Radleys, welcome anywhere in town, kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in Maycomb. (9)

Second quote:    

   "Do you think they're true, all those things they say about B--Mr. Arthur?"

    "What things?"

    I told her.

    "That is three-fourths colored folks and one-fourth Stephanie Crawford," said Miss Maudie grimly. "Stephanie Crawford even told me once she woke up in the middle of the night and found him looking in the window at her. I said what did you do, Stephanie, move over in the bed and make room for him? That shut her up a while." (45)

Third quote:

Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him. 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 stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work. Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events: people's chickens and household pets were found mutilated; although the culprit was Crazy Addie, who eventually drowned himself in Barker's Edd, people still looked at the Radley Place, unwilling to discard their initial suspicions. (9)

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Quotation – Chapter 4

"Two live oaks stood at the end of the Radley lot; their roots reached into the side-road and made it bumpy. Something about one of the trees attracted my attention.

"Tin-foil was sticking out of a knot-hole just above my eye level, winking at me in the afternoon sun. I stood on my tiptoe, hastily looked around once more, reached into the hole, and withdrew two pieces of chewing gum minus their outer wrappers." Page 33


Quotation- Chapter 6

"Then I saw the shadow. It was the shadow of a man with a hat on. At first I thought it was a tree, but there was no wind blowing, and tree trunks never walked. The back porch was bathed in moonlight, And the shadow, crisp and toast, moved across the porch towards Jem. Dill saw it next. He put his hands to his face. When it crossed Jem, Jem saw it. He put his arms over his head and went ridged." Page 53


Quotation - Chapter 8 

"'Thank who?' I asked. 'Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn't know it when he put the blanket around you.' My stomach turned to water and I nearly threw up when Jem held out the blanket and crept toward me. 'He sneaked out of the house-turn 'round-sneaked up, an' went like this!'" Page 72

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katya-kow | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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“According to Miss Stephanie, Boo was sitting in the living-room cutting some items from the Maycomb Tribune to paste in his scrapbook. His father entered the room. As Mr Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent’s leg, pulling them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities.” (12).

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