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Scout shows traits of loyalty throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. She stands up for her father several times during the novel, and she is particularly loyal to her brother, Jem, and her romantic interest, Dill. Examples include:
DILL RUNS AWAY (Chapter 14). When Dill decided to run away from his home in Meridian, Mississippi, he made the long trip to Maycomb. Scout discovered him one night under her bed. She was taken back when Jem decided to betray their trust and tell Atticus; Scout certainly had no plans to rat him out, and she was not happy with her brother.
We left him without a word... (but) Since things appeared to have worked out pretty well, Dill and I decided to be civil to Jem.
JEM'S LOST PANTS (Chapter 6). When Jem decides to return to the Radley House to retrieve his lost pants, Scout threatens to tell Atticus. Jem threatens to kill her if she does. Despite her fear that Jem will be harmed by Boo, she lets Atticus sleep and Jem go alone back to the Radley's. It was a secret that the two would keep from Atticus--at least for a while.
I heard Atticus cough. I held my breath... There he was, returning to me.
DEFENDING ATTICUS AGAINST COUSIN FRANCIS (Chapter 9). Scout exhibits her pugilistic skills in high fashion when "I split my knuckle to the bone on his (Francis') front teeth." Francis had made the mistake of calling Atticus a "nigger-lover" and, although Scout admitted to her Uncle Jack that she wasn't sure what it meant,
"(I'll) tell you one thing right now, Uncle Jack, I'll be--I swear before God if I'll sit there and let him say somethin' about Atticus."
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