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What is a quote showing Boo to be benevolent (meaning kind, helpful) in To Kill a...

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Posted October 30, 2011 at 3:45 AM via web

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What is a quote showing Boo to be benevolent (meaning kind, helpful) in To Kill a Mockingbird?

For the assignment I give examples of the events where he leaves things in the tree and when he covers Scout in a blanket, so if it was a quote from those incidents that would be wonderful!

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

Posted October 30, 2011 at 6:58 AM (Answer #1)

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There are at least four specific incidences where Boo shows benevolence toward Jem and Scout:

  • When he leaves them gifts in the secret knothole of the Radley oak tree;
  • When he mends Jem's pants after losing them on the Radley's fence;
  • When he covers Scout's shoulders with the blanket on the night of Miss Maudie's house fire;
  • And when he saves their lives on the night of the Halloween pageant.

Quotes that refer to these acts of kindness:

THE GIFTS.

Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad.  (Scout, Chapter 31)

THE PANTS.

"... I swear to God he ain't ever harmed us, he ain't ever hurt us, he could of cut my throat from ear to ear that night but he tried to mend my pants instead... he ain't ever hurt us, Atticus.  (Jem, Chapter 8)

THE BLANKET.

     "Someday, maybe, Scout can thank him for covering her up."
     "Thank who?" I asked.
     "Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn't know it when he put the blanket around you."  (Atticus and Scout, Chapter 8)

SAVING THEIR LIVES

... he [Atticus] stopped in front of Boo Radley. "Thank you for my children, Arthur," he said.  (Atticus, Chapter 30)

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