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What did Jem and Scout find in the knot-hole of the Radley's oak tree?   

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macielee04 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM via web

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What did Jem and Scout find in the knot-hole of the Radley's oak tree? 


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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:37 PM (Answer #1)

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Jem and Scout find gifts in the knothole of the tree. Boo Radley has been placing these gifts there. It is a form of communication between Boo and Jem and Scout. It proves that Boo Radley is capable of kindness. He is not as strange as everyone supposes.

Boo places small gifts in the knothole to share with Jem and Scout. He places gum, pennies, and soap bar sculptures of Jem and Scout. He shows up when least expected. His gifts are a form of kindness. He cares about Jem and Scout. He showers them with gifts as a way to show his friendship.

Jem and Scout are so intrigued by the gifts. It is a delightful part of their day to receive the gifts. Most importantly, Jem and Scout are getting to know Boo through the gifts:

Scout and Jem had discovered gum and Indian head pennies in a knot-holed tree by the Radley house. Now more objects begin to appear in the knothole, including replicas of Scout and Jem carved in soap. They decide to leave a note for whoever is leaving the objects, but before they can, Nathan Radley fills the hole with cement, upsetting Jem.

Jem and Scout are so disappointed when Nathan Radley fills the knothole with cement. They were building a bond with Boo. They were so enjoying their communication with Boo. Boo was showing kindness to Jem and Scout. Now, with the hole filled with cement, they will not be able to communicate with Boo.

Boo finds other ways to show his kindness:

He performs small acts of kindness such as wrapping a shivering Scout in a blanket and leaving gifts for the children. But it is his courageous rescue of Jem at the end of the book which threatens to see him brought into the public eye and possibly have to account for his actions, which is most selfless.

Boo Radley is no longer a strange form of a human being. He is kind. He is selfless. He puts himself in danger while protecting Jem and Scout.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted July 25, 2011 at 11:31 PM (Answer #2)

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This question has been asked and answered many times here on eNotes.  Here is a comprehensive link for you:  http://www.enotes.com/to-kill-a-mockingbird/q-and-a/tags/tree

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

Posted October 28, 2012 at 12:36 AM (Answer #1)

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Scout and Jem find chewing gum, grey twine, girl and boy dolls carved out of soap, a medal, a watch and pennies.

The children in the neighborhood of Maycomb are afraid of the Radley House, because they fear that Boo Radley is some kind of monster and the house’s trees are poisoned.

Scout is walking home one day when she notices “tinfoil was sticking in a knot-hole just above my eye level, winking at me in the afternoon sun” (ch 4).  She takes it home and tries it, but Jem is annoyed because he says that she could get killed from even touching the tree.

At first, the children try to determine who the gum belongs to, and then they find two pennies that they think are valuable.

One day, they find “a ball of gray twine” (ch 7) and on another day, “two small images carved in soap” (ch 7).

One was the figure of a boy, the other wore a crude dress. (ch 7)

Next the children find “a tarnished medal” and then the best prize of all, “a pocket watch that wouldn't run, on a chain with an aluminum knife” (ch 7).

The children think the tree is someone’s hiding place, and then decide the gifts are for them.   They even leave a note thanking the person giving the gifts.  They do not realize it is Boo Radley.  When Nathan Radley finds the note, he cements up the hole.

The gifts Boo Radley leaves for the children are the foundation of his friendship with them, even though they don’t know who is leaving the gifts at first.  Nathan’s cementing of the hole shows that he does not want Boo reaching out to them.


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brandih | eNotes Employee

Posted March 6, 2007 at 2:02 AM (Answer #1)

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One day Scout finds gum in the tree near the Radley home. On the last day of school the two children walk home together. They find a package covered with foil and containing two scrubbed, Indian-head pennies in the tree near the Radley Place.

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block | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 21, 2007 at 1:18 AM (Answer #2)

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they alo found soap dolls

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brianna190436 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 23, 2009 at 8:19 AM (Answer #3)

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Scout and Jem found, Wrigleys Chewing Gum, Also two indian head pennies, and Two Soap Dolls of a boy and a girl that looked like them...



hope this helps,

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 16, 2010 at 9:47 AM (Answer #1)

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I don't know which things you mean that they have found -- why you are asking what else they found.

The first thing that is found is the sticks of chewing gum that Scout finds in Chapter 4.  Next, Jem finds a box with a couple of pennies inside (still in Chapter 4.)  In Chapter 7, they find a lot of things.  For example, they find some more chewing gum.  Most impressively, they find a couple of really nicely made dolls.  The dolls are clearly meant to look like Jem and Scout -- they have the same kinds of clothes and the same hairstyles as the kids.

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lalaland5 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 5, 2011 at 8:49 AM (Answer #4)

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They find sticks of gum, 2 indian head pennies, a pocket watch, 2 soap carved dolls, twine, and a spelling bee medal.

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jrinkel | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 7, 2013 at 11:06 PM (Answer #1)

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In chapter 4 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem and Scout begin finding objects left for them to discover inside a knot-hole of an oak tree at the Radley's. The first object Scout discovered was a piece of Wrigley's Double-Mint gum. The second object they find is a box with two polished Indian-head pennies. The third object was two small images carved out of soap that looked like Jem and Scout. The most valuable item Jem and Scout found was a pocket watch on a chain and aluminum knife. Soon after finding the pocket watch, Mr. Nathan Radley filled the knot-hole with cement.


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