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What does it tell you about Jem's relationship with his father that he returns for his pants in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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When Jem goes to touch the Radley porch, he accidentally gets his pants stuck and has to leave them there.  The children make up a story about playing poker with matches, but they know that in the morning Nathan Radley, who claims to have shot at someone with a shotgun, will find the pants.

Scout tells Jem that when Atticus finds out about the pants it will “be pretty bad.”  She thinks that Jem will be whipped by Atticus.  However, Jem does not want this to happen.

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Atticus trusts Jem, and Jem doesnt want to loose his trust. Therefore he goes and looks for his pants.