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What did Jem unexpectedly do at Mrs. Dubose's and why did he do it?

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beautiful243 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 20, 2007 at 1:34 PM via web

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What did Jem unexpectedly do at Mrs. Dubose's and why did he do it?

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cmcqueeney | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 31, 2007 at 8:53 PM (Answer #2)

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When passing Mrs. Dubose house, Jem grabs Scout's baton and attacks her camelia bushes chopping off the top of every bush.  He does this because Mrs. Dubose had been making comments about Atticus defending Tom Robinson and Jem got to a point where he couldn't take it anymore so he took his anger out on her flowers.

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