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What is a quote that demonstrates Boo Radley's personality in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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sjayyh | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 13, 2011 at 7:16 AM via web

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What is a quote that demonstrates Boo Radley's personality in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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

Posted April 13, 2011 at 7:35 AM (Answer #1)

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Depending upon how far along you have read in To Kill a Mockingbird, you have probably already discovered that Boo is both mysterious and invisible to nearly everyone. Apparently, aside from his family, only Atticus and the town doctor have seen him in recent years. Miss Maudie describes him as a nice, polite boy when he was a teenager, but little is known about him until the very end of the novel. In the last chapters, Boo finally makes his appearance, and Scout gets to observe him up close.

     His face was as white as his hands... His cheeks were thin to hollowness; his mouth was wide... and his grey eyes were so colorless I thought he was blind. His hair was dead and thin...
     A strange small spasm shook him... but as I gazed at him in wonder the tension drained from his face. His lips parted into a timid smile...

Scout's brief encounter with Boo doesn't reveal much about his personality, but she comes to understand that he must have been watching out for her during the walk home from the Halloween pageant. When Boo spoke for the only time, it was in a whisper. He gently took Scout's hand when she walked him home, and it was the last time she would ever see him. She later stood on the Radley porch, looking out upon the neighborhood as if through Boo's eyes. He was no longer a night prowler, but a concerned neighbor who gave secret gifts, watched children play, and came to their aid when he was needed. 

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pdeol08 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 13, 2011 at 1:17 PM (Answer #2)

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Boo Radley -"Will you take me home?" chapter 31, page 372

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