In chapter 28, Scout accidentally falls asleep during the pageant and ends up running onto the stage at the wrong time, during the closing moments of the show. Afterward, Mrs. Merriweather tells Scout that she ruined the entire performance, which makes her feel awful. However, Jem is sympathetic and attempts to comfort Scout backstage by telling her that her costume was barely noticeable. Jem also tells Scout that she did alright and just came onto the stage a little late. After Jem comforts his younger sister, Scout comes to an important realization by saying,
Jem was becoming almost as good as Atticus at making you feel right when things went wrong. (Lee, 262)
Scout's comment is significant because it illustrates Jem's maturation and important moral development. Jem is following in the footsteps of his morally upright father and attempts to protect Scout during Bob Ewell's surprise attack later in the chapter.