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Scout's character traits include:
- Curiosity. Scout is quick to taste the gum found in the knothole of the Radley oak, knowing it may be poisoned by Boo. "When I did not die I crammed it into my mouth."
- An adventurous streak. She follows Jem and Dill on nearly all of their forays to the Radley place, trying her best to disprove Jem's claim that "... you're gettin' more like a girl every day!"
- Being a tomboy. Big for her age, she fights with older boys constantly. She hates dresses, much to the consternation of Aunt Alexandra. Instead, Scout prefers her beloved overalls, "the garments she [Alexandra] most despised."
- Intelligence. She is the smartest student in her first grade class, reading well above grade level and writing in cursive. This upsets her teacher, who believes that only she can "undo the damage" done by her nightly reading sessions with Atticus.
- Courage. She defends Jem when he is manhandled by one of the lynch mob, kicking "the man swiftly... I intended to kick his shin, but aimed too high."
- Compassion. She feels guilty about rubbing Walter Cunningham Jr.'s nose in the dirt and insulting him at the dinner table; instead, she hopes to invite him back to the Finch house to "spend the night with us sometime."
- A romantic nature. Scout falls in love with Dill, who asks Scout to marry him. "With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable."
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