According to Miss Stephanie Crawford, what did Boo Radley do one day while clipping items from the Maycomb Tribune in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Miss Stephanie Crawford said that Boo stabbed his father in the leg with scissors.

Miss Stephanie Crawford was the neighborhood scold.  She gossiped about everyone in the neighborhood, especially Boo Radley.

Boo was sitting in the livingroom cutting some items from The Maycomb Tribune to paste in his scrapbook. His father entered the room. As Mr. Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent's leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities. (ch 1)

Miss Stephanie claimed that she saw Boo peeking in her windows at night.  She maintained the rumors that he was crazy and violent.  Boo was reclusive, and no one really ever saw him.  They did not know if he was dead or alive, but Miss Maudie said that she thought he was alive because she had not seen him carried out yet.

The story about Boo Radley is significant because it was the source of the rumors that plagued him the rest of his life. When you do something in Maycomb, it follows you the rest of your life.

gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Scout recalls many of the awful rumors surrounding Boo Radley at the beginning of the story. Miss Stephanie Crawford, the neighborhood scold, is the source of many of these harmful rumors about Boo. In Chapter 1, Scout recalls one of the stories that Stephanie told Jem about their reclusive neighbor. According to Miss Stephanie, one day Arthur "Boo" Radley was sitting in his living room cutting out newspaper clippings for his scrapbook when he stabbed his father with the pair of scissors out of nowhere. After Boo stabs his father's leg, he continues cutting out clippings like nothing even happened. Boo Radley's mother then runs into the streets and yells that Boo is trying to kill everyone in the house and the sheriff arrives at their home. However, Mr. Radley refuses to have his son in prison surrounded by Negroes, so the sheriff locks Boo in the courthouse basement. 

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