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tonyleij | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 13, 2010 at 9:13 AM via web

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What does Scout reveal that she heard as she was rolling into the Radleys' front yard  in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 13, 2010 at 9:15 AM (Answer #1)

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What she tells them is that as she was rolling into the Radleys' yard, she heard the sound of someone laughing.  You can find the answer to that question at the very end of Chapter 4.

What has happened in this chapter is that the three of them have been playing with this tire.  Scout went first, and Jem gave her a really hard push.  She goes so hard that she ends up crashing into the Radleys' front porch.

After that, she doesn't want to play anymore.  Jem thinks she's just being a sissy.  But, even though she won't tell them, she's really kind of freaked out because she heard the laughing.

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted April 19, 2015 at 6:25 PM (Answer #2)

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When Jem, Scout and Dill are playing their game about the Radleys, Scout is not really into it. She tells Jem that Atticus doesn't want them to play the game anymore, but Jem and Dill still do so. Scout is reminded of what she heard when she rode the tire into the Radley front yard. She is still unnerved by all of this and just wants to stop playing, so when Atticus comes home she is glad that they have to stop so they won't be caught.

Atticus's arrival was the second reason I wanted to quit the game. The first reason happened the day I rolled into the Radley front yard. Through all the head-shaking, quelling of nausea and Jem-yelling, I had heard another sound, so low I could not have heard it from the sidewalk. Someone inside the house was laughing.

What Scout doesn't realize is that Boo was watching the children play. Scout is certain of what she heard, but she is still confused and rattled by what she had heard and what it means. Little does Scout realize, she will be ever so grateful that Boo has been watching them, and she will have him to thank for their lives.

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