Why does Scout lead Boo through her house at the end of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout is still unable to fathom that her fantasy has finally come true: She has been sitting next to Boo on her own porch, almost as she had imagined. After Atticus thanked Boo for saving his children, Boo "nodded toward the front door," a signal that Scout understood meant that Boo wanted to "say good night to Jem." Since Boo had never been inside the house before, and since Scout was feeling particularly hospitable to the man who had saved her life, she took it upon herself to lead Boo down the hall to Jem's bedroom, just as a lady would do. Like Jem and Scout, who had long desired to see Boo in the flesh, Boo also wanted to make some sort of physical contact with Jem. So Scout assured Boo that it would be okay to "pet him" on the head," something

"You couldn't do if he was awake, though, he wouldn't let you..." (Chapter 31)

After Boo patted the sleeping boy "lightly on Jem's hair," Boo squeezed Scout's hand and spoke his only words in the novel:

     "Will you take me home?"  (Chapter 31)


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