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Posted February 28, 2013 at 2:08 PM via web

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What was the condition of Jem's pants when he found them and why did their condition frighten him futher in To Kill a Mockingbird

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM (Answer #1)

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When Jem goes back to get his pants at the Radley house he finds them mended. He expected to find the pants where he left them but instead finds them folded neatly and hung over the fence. 

The mending was done by an inexpert hand, indicating that a man may have fixed Jem's pants. 

This state of affairs is alarming to Jem because it signals that fact that someone (probably Boo Radley) knew that Jem had come into the yard and knew that he would come back. 

When the Nathan Radley's shot goes off and the neighborhood comes running, Radley tells people a story that is not true. Jem is content at first to believe that no one knew who was really in the Radley yard. 

Finding the pants mended and waiting for him, Jem realizes that someone did know who had been there and, beyond that, knew Jem well enough to predict he would return for his pants.

His adventure was not as secret as he had hoped. He now worries that Boo Radley knows who was attempting to spy on him.

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