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What is a physical description of Mr. Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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ubuntupokemoninc | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 8, 2011 at 7:35 AM via web

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What is a physical description of Mr. Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 8, 2011 at 8:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Old Mr. Radley was the father of Arthur Jr. (Boo) and Nathan Radley, who lived several houses to the south of the Finch house in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Jem and Scout would see Mr. Radley walking down the street each morning; he would pass by the Finch house at 11:30 and return by noon, usually with a "brown paper bag that the neighborhood assumed contained the family groceries." He was not a friendly man, and when Scout would say "Good morning, sir," he would only cough. Mr. Radley was

... a thin leathery man with colorless eyes, so colorless they did not reflect light. His cheekbones were sharp and his mouth was wide, with a thin upper lip and a full lower lip... he was so upright he took the word of God as his only law, and... Mr. Radley's posture was ramrod straight.

When Mr. Radley died, his son, Nathan, returned from Pensacola. He would take his father's place as the head of the household, and the watcher over Boo. 

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