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Rumors abound about Boo Radley in Maycomb, from adults and children alike. He is believed to be a night stalker, a peeping Tom, a man who poisons pecans, and the suspect of any other unexplained crime that happens in Maycomb. Jem and Scout are among the first to realize that the rumors about Boo are not true, and he proves to be a protector and good neighbor before the end of the novel.
When people's azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because he breathed on them. Any stealthy crimes committed in Maycomb were his work...
... he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch... There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face... his eyes popped and he drooled most of the time. (Chapter 1)
Once Bob Ewell decided to accuse Tom Robinson of the beating and rape of his daughter, most of the white population of Maycomb believed every word he said. But not all. Tom's African-American friends knew better, and other citizens--like Atticus and Miss Maudie (and probably even Judge Taylor)--were not foolish enough to believe what came from the mouth of Bob Ewell.
"... I run up to the window and I seen--" Mr. Ewell's face grew scarlet. He stood up and pointed his finger at Tom Robinson. "--I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!" (Chapter 17)
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