At the beginning of Chapter 22 in To Kill a Mockingbird, what is Jem doing?

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The trial was over. Tom Robinson had been found guilty, but as Atticus made his "lonely walk" from the courtroom, Jem and Scout were surprised to witness Tom's friends stand in unison in the balcony to honor Atticus for his efforts. It was not enough to soothe Jem's emotions, however. Unlike the jury, Jem had recognized that Tom was innocent, and the injustice of the decision was too much for him.

     It was Jem's turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd. "It ain't right," he muttered all the way to the corner of the square...

Jem and Scout joined Atticus there and they walked home together. Atticus looked as if nothing had happened, but even Alexandra was worried about Jem. Atticus assured his sister that Jem would be okay

"presently... It was a little too strong for him."

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