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What happens to Scout the night of the fire? Who witnesses it? Be realistic

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Posted March 27, 2007 at 7:04 AM via web

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What happens to Scout the night of the fire? Who witnesses it?

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jamiekee | Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 27, 2007 at 7:34 AM (Answer #1)

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The night Maudie Atkinson's house caught on fire, it was one of the coldest winters in the history of Maycomb County. Atticus told Jem and Scout to go down the street a little because the wind was blowing towards their house. As Scout watched the fire, she began to realize how cold she was. Jem tried to keep her warm, but his arm was just not big enough to help. When the house collapsed and the fire and smoke settled down, Jem and Scout went across the street to see Miss Maudie. When they all went inside for hot chocolate, Atticus noticed a blanket over Scout's shoulders. He initially scolded them because he thought they had gone inside the house during the fire to get the blanket. Neither Scout nor Jem had noticed that the blanked was even on Scout's shoulders. It was Atticus who finally realized where the blanket had come from. Atticus said to the kids, "Looks like all of Maycomb was out tonight." They all came to the realization that it was Boo Radley who quietly slipped the blanket over Scout's shoulder. Jem realized that if he had just turned around, he could have seen Boo.

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